Subsidies to help people buy private insurance on the federal exchange are based more on income in the
"That's positive," Borgerding said.
By reducing the growth of Medicaid spending more than the House bill does, the
"It has only gotten worse in the
That could make coverage unaffordable for many people with medical conditions, said
"Insurers could be offering a much thinner set of benefits for less cost and price the more comprehensive benefits at a much higher cost," Friedsam said.
As for Medicaid -- the state-federal program for the poor, elderly and disabled, which covers more than 1 million people in
Both bills would convert Medicaid from an entitlement program, in which federal payments are based on what states spend, to one with capped federal contributions, per-capita or lump-sum. That would likely require states to pay more, reimburse providers less, cover fewer people or reduce benefits.
Mickey, who will enter ninth grade at
"I'm worried that with such deep cuts to Medicaid, there will be unintended consequences for families like mine," she said.
Borgerding said he hopes the bills in
Instead of enrolling childless adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the poverty level, almost entirely at federal expense, Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature limited Medicaid coverage to adults at or below the poverty line.
That left no coverage gap for poor people, unlike in the 18 other states that didn't do the Medicaid expansion. But it also left
The state is paying
"This is what happens when you didn't expand, in the bill that's trying to repeal expansion."
"Everywhere we turn, we're being penalized in this legislation," he said.
"I'm worried that with such deep cuts to Medicaid, there will be unintended consequences for families like mine."
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