Findings from a recent Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) report advise that the Senate GOP health bill would jeopardize American Indians and Alaskan Natives’ (AI/ANs’) recent coverage gains by slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, and as a result threatening health care access. Like many other groups, AI/ANs have benefitted greatly from the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) coverage expansions. As the report notes, this progress is at risk under the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).
Specifically, the CBPP warns that the bill would make significant changes to both Medicaid and the marketplace, reversing recent coverage gains and jeopardizing access to health care for AI/ANs by:
Effectively ending the Medicaid expansion.
- Radically restructuring Medicaid’s federal financing.
- Eliminating subsidies that help AI/ANs with out-of-pocket costs.
- Cutting tax credits and increasing premiums.
For the full CBPP report, click HERE.