Measuring the AHCA’s Impact on Medicaid Policy

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote Thursday on the American Health Care Act, the proposed legislation that aims to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act. With regard to Medicaid, the AHCA would end federal funding for future expansion packages to states effective in 2020, and transition Medicaid’s program to a per-capita funding model.

The Congressional Budget Office released estimates on March 13 stating the AHCA would leave 14 million people without coverage in 2018, with 5 million of those being Medicaid recipients. By 2026, the CBO reported, nearly 24 million people would lose coverage—14 million of them Medicaid recipients. Also by this time, the report said, the AHCA would have cut Medicaid funding by 25 percent (or $880 billion).

Below is a sample of some “Texas Congressional District Impacts” on Medicaid—not including tax credits—as provided by the DFW Hospital Council and the American Hospital Association:

Texas 32 (Sessions): Reduction of 33,500 people–Reduction of $1.7 billion
Texas 24 (Marchant): Reduction of 28,300–Reduction of $1.3 billion
Texas 3   (S. Johnson): Reduction of 22,900–Reduction of $1.0 billion
Texas 5   (Hensarling): Reduction of 41,300–Reduction of $2.2 billion
Texas 33 (Veasey): Reduction of 60,400–Reduction of $2.7 billion
Texas 12 (Granger): Reduction of 33,900–Reduction of $1.8 billion
Texas 6   (Barton): Reduction of 29,300–Reduction of $1.6 billion
District 30 (E. B. Johnson): Reduction of 70,200–Reduction of $3.4 billion

“[The data shows] this will negatively impact some of the most vulnerable in our society,” DFW Hospital Council president Steve Love said about the sample data.

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