The senator said he will spend the weekend reading the 142-page bill and then hear from Montanans at Wednesday's telephone town hall meeting. Daines expects 30,000 people to participate in Wednesday’s call, based on the 28,000 people who participated in a call a couple weeks ago.
“What Montanans have told me they want to see, first and foremost, is a reduction in premiums, the affordability question,” Daines said. “No. 2, taking care of those with pre-existing conditions, that they have access to care and affordable care. And No. 3, very important for
Concerns about Medicaid cuts topped criticisms Thursday when Senate Republican leaders published the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The bill, crafted behind closed doors by 13 key Republican lawmakers, didn’t seem out of step with the House Republican American Health Care Act passed in May. The
After 2020, federal support for Medicaid would begin declining. The federal government would step down support starting with an 85 percent match in 2021 and ultimately lowering support to about 68 percent or 70 percent, the normal Medicaid reimbursement rate, after 2024. States would continue to offer Medicaid to the working poor, but would have to either spend more to offset the lower federal support level, or scale down their Medicaid programs to levels not seen since before the ACA.
“Medicaid is a very important safety net. The disabled, elderly pre-Medicare, pregnant moms, children. In fact, one of the highest percentage of Medicaid enrollees are children,” Daines said. “So, it’s very important for rural states, frankly it’s important for every state, and we want to make sure we got a Medicaid system that is sustainable and that we’ve allowed the state a greater voice in the way Medicaid is administered.”