By Phil Galewitz
Kaiser Health News
For all its populist design, the House GOP’s latest proposal to overhaul federal Medicaid funding creates financial risks for states and could leave some enrollees worse off.
Dramatic changes in Medicaid are a big part of the House bill to partially repeal the Affordable Care Act that’s steaming toward a floor vote scheduled for Thursday.
Big revisions were made to the legislation this week to appeal to conservatives pushing to reduce federal Medicaid spending and shift more power to states. Advocates for the program fear those measures, if enacted, could lead to cuts in benefits and fewer enrollees in the state-federal health insurance program for low-income people.
“We could see a complete unwinding of the Medicaid program as we know it today,” said Donna Friedsam, a health policy expert at the University of Wisconsin. [Read more…] about GOP plan aims to curb Medicaid, expand state options