Coverage of Health Care legislation/ reminder to share your perspective

Mental Health Task Force /Make It Work Milwaukee Update

Updates on Senate Health Bill and Related Coverage

Action Opportunity:

  • The Congressional Budget Office score on the latest version of the Senate health care bill estimates 35% cuts to Medicaid by the end of a decade…that means ALL populations using Medicaid will experience cuts.

  • The Senate Finance Committee Office (202–224–4515) is keeping count of Americans requesting public hearings on Senate health care bill. 8:30am - 6:30pm weekdays. They just ask your first name and your ZIP code.

  • If the mailbox is full, try back later. OR SEND EMAILS & HARD COPY LETTERS since ‘mail box is full’ often occurs on phone

From the Congressional Budget Office

Longer-Term Effects of the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 on Medicaid Spending
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52859

In CBO’s assessment, Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be 26 percent lower in 2026 than it would be under the agency’s extended baseline, and the gap would widen to about 35 percent in 2036 (see figure below). Under CBO’s extended baseline, overall Medicaid spending would grow 5.1 percent per year during the next two decades, in part because prices for medical services would increase. Under this legislation, such spending would increase at a rate of 1.9 percent per year through 2026 and about 3.5 percent per year in the decade after that.

H.R. 1628, Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017
https://www.cbo.gov/publication/52849

…The Senate bill would increase the number of people who are uninsured by 22 million in 2026 relative to the number under current law, slightly fewer than the increase in the number of uninsured estimated for the House-passed legislation. By 2026, an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law.

Coverage of Senate Health Care Bill

Journal Sentinel Editorial: Delaying the Senate’s health care bill is a good thing
http://www.jsonline.com/story/opinion/editorials/2017/07/02/editorial-delaying-senates-health-care-bill-good-thing/103330564/

OpEd: Medicaid Helps the Middle Class
http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2017/07/02/op-ed-medicaid-helps-the-middle-class/#comment-1312333

For Millions, Life Without Medicaid Services Is No Option
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/health/for-millions-life-without-medicaid-services-is-no-option.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur

How Medicaid Works and Who It Covers
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/23/health/medicaid-basic-facts.html?action=click&contentCollection=Health&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article

Actuarial Value and the Importance of Bipartisanship in Health Care Reform
http://healthaffairs.org/blog/2017/06/27/actuarial-value-and-the-importance-of-bipartisanship-in-health-care-reform/

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