The American Health Care Act Won’t Keep Pace with Aging Seniors

Washington, DC (NAHC.org) June 14, 2017

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the Republican party’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) will jeopardize long-term service and support (LTSS) for millions of seniors as America’s “silver tsunami” of aging baby boomers overwhelms the planned sharp reductions in the Medicaid program, according to a new report.

Concerns about how the steep Medicaid cuts in the AHCA would impact vulnerable populations like the elderly is a concern NAHC has raised itself. From NAHC Report on May 25th, for example:

These proposals will sharply reduce access to health care for the 74 million vulnerable children, seniors, people with disabilities, working adults and others that rely on Medicaid for high quality, affordable health coverage and care.

The AHCA calls for $800 billion in Medicaid cuts and the Trump administration is budgeting for another $616 billion in Medicaid cuts on top of that, for a total of over $1.4 trillion in cuts to Medicaid funding.

Read the entire NAHC report here.

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