NGA Medicaid Proposal Might Eliminate Coverage for Some Children
Between 500,000 and 1.5 million children would lose health insurance coverage under a National Governors Association proposal to help reduce Medicaid costs, according to a study released Monday by PICO, CQ HealthBeat reports. NGA's proposal to Congress would raise copayments, premiums and deductibles that are now covered by Medicaid.
PICO, a national network of faith-based community organizations, said many low-income families would not seek needed health care under NGA's proposed plan because states could charge children living in families above the poverty level new access fees, CQ HealthBeat reports. In addition, the study indicates that about 70% of children live in states that charge some low-income children premiums. PICO members criticized the NGA proposal and said lawmakers should not reduce federal Medicaid spending in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Senate Finance Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) supported the Medicaid cuts and said, "It's important to understand that the Medicaid reform effort is about fixing loopholes and stopping abusive spending so that more money is available to help states reach those in need both in the short and long term."
NGA issued its plan amid congressional debates over a proposed $10 billion reduction in the growth of Medicaid spending as part of the budget reconciliation process (CQ HealthBeat, 9/12).
NGA's proposal is available online. Note: You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the proposal.