14 Million Reasons to Worry about GOP Health Bills

An article in the Riverside Press Enterprise talks about how Senate bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act impacts real Californians:

Mark Strecker of Murrieta and his wife have two children, ages 5 and 7, who receive weekly therapy to deal with autism.

Without Medi-Cal, “Would we have been forced to sell our house to continue our kids’ therapy?” Strecker asked. “Would we have been able to get therapy?”

“It’s absolutely terrifying,” Strecker said of the health care bills. “It’s infuriating

HCA member Jen Flory describes proposals to fundamentally change Medi-cal funding by per capita caps or block grants.  “By doing so, states would be forced to cut Medicaid benefits or restrict eligibility to make up for the loss of federal funding, said Jen Flory, a policy advocate specializing in health law and policy for the Los Angeles-based Western Center on Law & Poverty.

“Under the House bill, California, which spends more than $100 billion a year on Medi-Cal, would have to replace about $24 billion in federal Medicaid dollars by 2027, according to the state Department of Health Care Services.”

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