What Happened: - Republican plan to turn over Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) to states released - Currently fed/state partnership for payment of healthcare expenses (for the poor) - Current funding is open-ended (meaning it shares costs for all costs for care to which people are entitled) - Replace with block healthcare grants to states - No details on how block grants would be structured (could be flat amount or per head amount)
Supporters say: - States then would then have defined pot of money to provide healthcare - Those closest to caring for the people can determine the best approach - Cut out the fraud, waste, and abuse - Get help directly to the people - No one will lose coverage
Critics say: - Block grants would freeze the amount of money provided to states - Could lead to reductions in funding, and thus threaten benefits for millions
January 20, 2017
What Happened: - Trump signed executive order (hours after in office) - One page order (no details) - Directs heads of HHS/other agency to not enforce regulations that impose a financial burden on a state, company, or individual
Supporters Say: - Trump is fulfilling campaign promise to repeal/fix Obamacare - Current regulations are choking business and government alike - No one will lose care because of this action
Critics Say: - Replace plan hasn’t been vetted yet - Millions will be left without healthcare
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