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News Monday, Jun 26 2017

Ed Gillespie Complicit on Dangerous TrumpCare Bill

Jun 26, 2017

The Congressional Budget Office finally released the non-partisan scoring of the newest TrumpCare plan.  Not only will this bill rip away health care coverage from 22 million Americans, it will also cause insurance premiums for those with chronic conditions to skyrocket and slash funding for Medicaid.

Ed Gillespie has previously called for the full repeal of the Affordable Care Act, but now he’s hiding from this disastrous bill that would leave Virginians paying more for less coverage and roll back efforts to fight the opioid epidemic… all for a few tax breaks for the wealthiest few.

State Waivers For Cutting Benefits: The new Trumpcare bill allows states to obtain a waiver to drop protections of essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs, potentially leading to women paying thousands more for maternity care and seniors choosing between their regular prescriptions and groceries.

  • State waivers could lead to fewer providers accepting Medicaid patients, patients forgoing care that is not covered, or loss of access to Medicaid coverage altogether. “If states reduced payment rates, fewer providers might be willing to accept Medicaid patients, especially given that, in many cases, Medicaid’s rates are already significantly below those of Medicare or private insurance for some of the same services… If states reduced covered services, some enrollees might decide either to pay out of pocket or to forgo those services entirely. And if states narrowed their categories of eligibility or used administrative procedures that made it more difficult to enroll, some enrollees would lose access to Medicaid coverage, although some would become eligible for subsidies for nongroup coverage through the marketplaces or could choose to enroll in employment-based insurance, if it was available.” [CBO]

Medicaid Cuts: The bill would slash funding for Medicaid.

  • In Virginia, one of every three births are covered by Medicaid. [DMAS]

  • 50% of Medicaid enrollees are children. [DMAS]

  • Two in three nursing facility residents are supported by Medicaid. [DMAS]

  • The Senate bill defunds Planned Parenthood, limiting 15% of their patients’ access to health care under the Medicaid program.  [CBO]

Cuts to Fighting Opioid Epidemic: The Senate bill would strip away Medicaid funding that Virginia relies on to fight the growing Opioid epidemic.

  • At least 40,000 Virginians with substance abuse issues rely on Medicaid. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

  • At least 2 Virginians die per day from prescription opioid and heroin overdoses. [VCU School Of Medicine, January 2016]

  • More than 800 Virginians died from opioid overdoses in 2015. [Kaiser Family Foundation]

Tax Cuts for the Rich: The bill will give a tax break to the wealthy.

  • The bill “would repeal an array of taxes that have helped to pay for the ACA’s benefits, including levies on health insurers and on wealthy Americans’ investment income.” [Washington Post, 6/26/2017]

American Bridge spokesperson Lizzy Price made the following statement:

“If Ed Gillespie wants to be governor, he should come out and propose a plan of his own instead of hiding behind this disaster of a bill that gives tax breaks to the wealthiest few at the expense of Virginians’ health. Virginia families deserve a leader that will fight for them and Gillespie doesn’t have what it takes.”

Published: Jun 26, 2017

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