It has been a confusing and unpredictable past few days, but one thing is clear: the fight to protect our health care is not over. Senate Republicans are continuing their reckless quest to pass legislation that would cause tens of millions of Americans—including Latinos—to lose their health coverage.
No matter how many tweaks they make or what name they give it—whether they call it the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) or the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA)–the Senate Republican plan is dangerous. It would cause at least 20 million more Americans to become uninsured and make deep cuts to Medicaid, all while giving a giant tax cut to the wealthiest Americans.
In May, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would strip health coverage from 23 million Americans and slash more than $800 billion in federal funding from the Medicaid program. Yesterday, the Senate GOP released its proposal and it is just as cruel as the House version, if not more so, including even deeper cuts in federal funding to the Medicaid program. This proposal is a threat to millions of Americans, including Latinos.
This week Families USA and NCLR released new state fact sheets highlighting just how much is at stake for Latino children and families in states like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida. Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, more than 20 million Americans have gained health insurance, including more than four million Latino adults and 600,000 children. In states like Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Florida, these gains have been particularly significant, especially when it comes to children’s access to health care. Those gains are now in jeopardy.
By David Thomsen, Policy Analyst, Health Policy Project, NCLR
Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) confirmed what many advocates and experts feared—the American Health Care Act (AHCA) is bad news for Americans.
The CBO’s latest estimate on the real-world effect of the AHCA finds that 23 million Americans would lose their health coverage by 2026. This estimate is due in large part because this bill decimates Medicaid, which helps children, seniors, and the disabled access health coverage. These cuts total an almost incomprehensible $834 billion and would force states to cut Medicaid benefits, cut enrollment in the program, or both. No state’s Medicaid program would be spared, and access to health care would be jeopardized for millions of people.
It may be hard to believe, but the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score on the Republican-passed “American Health Care Act” has only been out for one week. While other news items continue to dominate the news coverage, it’s vital that you understand just how important the CBO score is to understanding what’s in the GOP bill that would repeal and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
To help digest all the information surrounding the CBO score and the the health care debate, we checked in with the associate director of NCLR’s Policy Analysis Center, Samantha Poppe during a Facebook Live event. She helps us break down what the CBO is, what the score means, and what we can glean from it in order to understand the gravity of the bill now being considered by the Senate.
Red Nose Day is almost here! But you don’t have to wait for May 25 to do your part to put an end to child poverty. Last week, we shared a story about how Red Nose Day’s support of NCLR has helped us connect Yesenia Chavez with affordable dental services in her home town. Through our Healthy and Ready for the Future campaign, and with Red Nose Day’s support, we’ve made more than 18,500 referrals. And more than 7,300 children received dental services.
We’re glad to have the support and we know that thousands of kids will have bigger and brighter smiles thanks to having access to a dentist. Continue reading