Capping Medicaid Funding--Lessons from Puerto Rico

Perreira, Krista M.; Jones, David K.; & Oberlander, Jonathan. (2017). Capping Medicaid Funding--Lessons from Puerto Rico. American Journal of Public Health, 107(12), 1900-1. PMCID: PMC5678408

Perreira, Krista M.; Jones, David K.; & Oberlander, Jonathan. (2017). Capping Medicaid Funding--Lessons from Puerto Rico. American Journal of Public Health, 107(12), 1900-1. PMCID: PMC5678408

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Medicaid has emerged as a major flash point in the political struggle over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Republican plans to repeal and replace the law also include proposals to radically restructure Medicaid financing. These bills, including the American Health Care Act, which the US House of Representatives passed on May 4, 2017, as well as the Better Care Reconciliation Act and Graham-Cassidy plan, both of which failed to clear the Senate, would cap federal Medicaid spending, a change with profound implications for the program’s future. The fate of efforts to dismantle the ACA remains uncertain after the Senate failed to enact repeal legislation. Yet the debate over Medicaid, which covers more than 70 million persons and constitutes a significant portion of federal and state budgets, is unlikely to fade. Indeed, this episode is just the latest in a series of attempts by Republicans, dating back to the 1980s, to limit Medicaid spending through block grants and similar mechanisms.




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Perreira, Krista M.
Jones, David K.
Oberlander, Jonathan



2017


American Journal of Public Health

107

12

1900-1








PMC5678408


10667

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