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Denti-Cal has been criticized for not paying dentists enough to care for low-income Medicaid recipients.
A University of Southern California professor says conservatives and liberals should split the difference: Scrap the exchanges and expand Medicaid.
There are many ways beyond legislative repeal for the Trump administration and congressional Republicans to unravel the Affordable Care Act.
They want the state’s new tobacco tax to help pay for a raise in Medicaid rates, but so far Gov. Jerry Brown has other plans for that money.
The Republicans’ health care plan, which would generally reduce premium subsidies and limit federal funding for Medicaid, has many Californians wondering what will happen to their coverage. We spoke with some of them.
That annual loss could balloon to $24.3 billion by 2027, according to a state analysis, as federal funding for low-income health coverage is cut under the current bill.
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.
Many constituents could lose coverage under the AHCA. Half of California’s Republican-led districts voted against Donald Trump.
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.