Which states will be worst hit by the looming death of Obamacare?
The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, is facing a new threat to its viability: a spike in premium hikes that would likely devastate the state’s ability to expand Medicaid under the new health care law.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that between 2020 and 2026, the number of people who would lose coverage under the Affordable Care Bill could increase by nearly 5 million, according to a report released Tuesday.
The CBO estimates that more than 40 percent of those who would be affected by the law’s expansion would qualify for a state’s Medicaid program.
In addition, the CBO estimates, about a third of all the new enrollees would be eligible for a subsidy, which would be paid by the federal government.
As a result, states could be faced with rationing, higher premiums and fewer choices for consumers.
Some states are already experiencing some of the most severe rationing.
California, which has seen a rise in demand for coverage, saw its overall uninsured rate rise from 20.6 percent to 25.9 percent between January and June.
In the first two months of this year, California saw a record number of uninsured people — the most since the Great Recession, which began in 2008.
That increased the number in June from 2.2 million to 3.1 million, and by September, the state had 5.7 million uninsured.
“If we don’t take advantage of the resources available, then we will be going down the same path,” California Governor Jerry Brown told reporters in September.
California has a state exchange where the state has expanded Medicaid to roughly half the population and has also started expanding coverage for low-income residents.
In April, Brown announced that the state would expand its program to the entire population, and that his administration would use the state exchange to help people enroll in health insurance.
“We will do whatever it takes to make sure we get all of our people on a state-run health care exchange,” Brown said at the time.
On Tuesday, Brown’s office said that the administration would be expanding the state exchanges to “every single California resident.”
“This is a historic step forward in the fight to expand access to health care,” the administration said in a statement.
“The administration will continue to work with the Legislature and the Governor’s office to make it easier for Californians to get coverage and lower the costs associated with health care.”
On Tuesday afternoon, Brown called on the legislature to pass legislation that would allow California to expand the Medicaid expansion to every Californian, while maintaining its current Medicaid eligibility system.
“Today’s announcement is another step in a long and difficult path to expand coverage, improve health care, and protect the most vulnerable,” Brown’s press secretary, Adam Green, said in an email to reporters.
“In this effort to make California a better place to live, we must not let the politics of fear trump the needs of patients and families.”
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Jerry Brown on Tuesday called on Congress, which is still negotiating with the Trump administration on a package to extend coverage to millions of Americans, to pass a Medicaid expansion bill that he said would create millions of jobs.
Brown said he spoke with Trump’s top health care adviser, Jonathan Gruber, on Monday and suggested the administration consider an extension of the program’s Medicaid eligibility.
Brown’s comments came after Senate Republicans unveiled their version of the Republican health care plan on Tuesday, which includes funding for expansion under the ACA but also calls for a reduction in funding for Medicaid.
The Senate version of a bill that passed the House last week would have increased federal funding for the Medicaid program by $880 billion over the next decade.
That bill would have included $3.6 trillion in tax credits to help states pay for the expansion.
The House bill would also have capped the federal match at $16,600 per person, and $12,600 for families earning up to $75,000.
The measure also would have expanded the Medicaid eligibility age to 65 from 64 and phased out funding for states that expand Medicaid too quickly.
A final version of that bill will be sent to the House and Senate for consideration.
“It’s going to be a tough sell for Republicans,” Brown told POLITICO, referring to the Senate bill.
“But the American people have been asking us for a long time to have Medicaid expansion.
We need to do it.”
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