The US Senate plans to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the 4th of July holiday. The proposed bill (called the "Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017") makes drastic cuts to Medicaid and rolls back several important patient protections that could impact Iowans with disabillities. Advocates need to act now to explain why the ACA and Medicaid are essential to people with disabilities and their families.
If you or your family benefit from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Medicaid,
call or e-mail Senator Charles Grassley and Senator Joni Ernst now!
Medicaid is a partnership between the federal and state governments. The bill being considered by the Senate caps and cuts Medicaid. If this bill passes, the Federal government would set a limit on how much to reimburse states based on the number of people enrolled in Medicaid. Unlike current law, funding would not be based on the actual cost of providing services. Like the block grants also proposed, the intent of the caps is to save money for the federal government, which will lead to cuts in funding for states. Less populated states like Iowa will get less money. The negative impact for Medicaid recipients could include:
The Affordable Care Act (aka "ObamaCare") included many patient protections that make sure all Iowans regardless of illness or disability have access to affordable health insurance. Many of these protections are eliminated by the proposed bills. The ACA may be the most significant law for people with disabilities since the Americans with Disabilities Act: