Critics: Senate bill's cuts to Medicaid would harm Florida

Critics: Senate bill's cuts to Medicaid would harm Floridaā€¯

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said he hopes to bring the GOP bill to a vote before Congress breaks for its Fourth of July recess.

"LeadingAge continues to strongly oppose the fundamental changes to the Medicaid program made by both the House and Senate legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act", said Katie Smith Sloan, LeadingAge president and CEO, in a statement.

American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano holds up a list of essential health benefits as she discusses the effects of the proposed Republican healthcare legislation on families at a news conference.

Meanwhile, New Hampshire two USA senators, Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, have been critical of the Senate GOP health care plan and will jointly hold an "emergency field hearing" on the bill Friday at 2 the University of New Hampshire School of Law in Concord. You would pay a 20% tax rate on all of your gains instead of 23.8% on some of them.

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Senate Republicans launched their plan for shriveling Barack Obama's health care law Thursday, edging a step closer to their dream of repeal with a bill that would slice and reshape Medicaid for the poor, relax rules on insurers and end tax increases on higher earners that have helped finance expanded coverage for millions.

Appearing alongside Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), who has been protective of ObamaCare's Medicaid expansion, Heller raised concerns about the bill's phaseout of the expansion.

Beginning in 2020, it would limit the federal funds Florida and other states get for Medicaid, a program whose expansion was a key part of the Affordable Care Act.

Obama law: Medicaid expansion has enabled many states to provide comprehensive treatment to people caught in the opioid epidemic.

McConnell drafted the measure after spending weeks seeking middle ground between conservatives seeking an aggressive repeal of Obama's statute and centrists warning about going too far. He added that Nevada "is one of the most improved states in the country" in expanding coverage. It did not sound like a lengthier phase-out of the Medicaid expansion would satisfy Heller the way it might satisfy, say, Ohio Sen.

Medicaid is a federal-state health care program for low-income people who are disabled, pregnant or caretakers of dependent children. The Senate would determine who gets tax credits to help buy insurance by income, rather than age.

The measure immediately encountered enough opposition from GOP senators to block passage.

The Senate proposal mirrors Obamacare in some ways and mimics the House's disparaged American Health Care Act in others, analysts said.

The protesters were headed back to Rochester Friday morning, but Woodward said they're not going to remain silent. "Well, they're also four good guys, four friends of mine, and I think that they'll probably get there", he said. "I see this as an opportunity for us to be freed up". Uses a less generous inflation adjustment than House bill.

Trump had privately referred to healthcare legislation passed by the House last month as "mean", according to congressional sources. The governor later provided $400 million for the program after counties warned they'd have to make deep budget cuts to cover IHSS. The bill would replace its individual insurance coverage with new subsidies and requirements and cut federal funding for Medicaid. People may lose employer-provided coverage.

The group said in a statement Friday it's encouraged that the Senate bill would take immediate action to stabilize shaky insurance markets by guaranteeing billions of dollars in subsidies under jeopardy due to a legal dispute and political maneuvering.

He says the state will likely not be impacted, however, by waivers in the bill that allow states to opt out of some of the required services in Obamacare.

AP writer Regina Garcia Cano reported from Las Vegas.

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