The prospect of cutbacks has led to agitation and activism in California’s largely agricultural Central Valley, with relatively high poverty rates and a significant number of Trump voters.
“It’s challenging to see how it would not … jeopardize the entire [Medicaid] program,” a top health official said.
Advocates for the elderly worry that GOP plans to end Medicaid’s open-ended spending and replace it with per-capita limits could pose a risk for low-income older people who rely on the federal-state program for nursing and other long-term care.
On Southern California Public Radio, California Healthline Senior Correspondent Chad Terhune discusses the prospects for coverage-for-all proposals by gubernatorial hopeful Gavin Newsom and others given GOP plans in Washington D.C.
California’s health insurance exchange released an analysis showing that Republicans’ plan to trim subsidies, on average, by 40% would fall hard on elderly and very low-income people, especially in expensive areas like San Francisco.
The Congressional Budget Office says the bill, if enacted, would save the federal government billions of dollars but leave millions more people without coverage. Those changes would hit the biggest state hardest.
A new federal law requires that hospitals give Medicare patients notice after placing them under observation, along with the reason why they were not officially admitted. In California, it comes on top of a state law that requires quicker notice for all observation patients but does not oblige hospitals to explain their decision not to admit.
Under the current statute, kids are tested for lead only if they’re on certain government programs or live in older buildings. That leaves many other California children at risk, lawmaker says.
Chad Terhune discusses the issue with Southern California Public Radio’s A Martínez, host of “Take Two.”
Critics say the proposed changes could poison one of the nation’s healthiest marketplaces, driving up premiums and drawing in only the sickest patients. Republicans and industry analysts call those concerns overblown.