The new law passed through the House Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means committees this week. Republican leaders are aiming for passage by the full House in the next couple of weeks, and from there the legislation would go to the
Crossing Healthcare director
"The CBO hasn't put a price tag to this yet," Andricks said. "My concern is that the house will rush to vote with no price tag. I'm hoping they at least wait until the CBO weighs in."
Andricks said she's looked through the
The bill would prohibit for a year any funding to
"For some people,
There will be a place those in
Under the Hyde amendment, federal funding isn't available to provide abortions.
Federally Qualified Health Centers such as Crossing don't provide abortion, which is why, Andricks said, the
Though Crossing already offers some of the services
"There are a lot of people who rely on
Andricks said Crossing would do its best to pick up the slack.
"If this happens, we'll provide services for the people who need them," Andricks said. "We already provide family planning and women's health. If
But, Andricks said, she's yet to hear how the increase of federal dollars to FQHCs would be administered, so she doesn't know how much Crossing will be able to expand its services.
Support from Collins and Murkowski will be crucial if the bill moves to the
Under the new bill, the ACA Medicaid expansion, which was adopted in 31 states and
"If you have insurance through
"It happens all the time where the state doesn't have the correct address and someone has to reapply. Normally, we fill out the paperwork and get them back active. But, with the new law, if you go dormant, you might not get it back.
"Ultimately, this will reduce the number of people with
The new bill would also put more responsibility for
Andricks said there are states that plan might work well in, but
"For states that are competent and do a good job, this could be a good thing," Andricks said. "At the state level, local needs are better understood and with more freedom with how the money is administered, it can get to the places it needs to go better.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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