CBO Report on Longer-Term Effects of BCRA on Medicaid Spending

Medicaid spending under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would be 26 percent lower in 2026 than it would be under the agency’s extended baseline, according to a report published by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office on June 29.  In CBO’s assessment, the gap would widen to about 35 percent in 2036. Under CBO’s extended baseline, overall Medicaid spending would grow 5.1 percent per year during the next two decades, in part because prices for medical services would increase.

CRS Report Comparing the AHCA and the BCRA

A report released today by the Congressional Research Service compares how the House of Representatives’ H.R. 1628 and the Senate’s Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 would repeal or modify provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA; P.L. 111-148, as amended). For example, both would substitute the ACA’s premium tax credit for premium tax credits with different eligibility rules and calculation requirements, and both would effectively eliminate the ACA’s individual and employer mandates.

Sara Rosenbaum Quoted On Cost of Existing U.S. Heath Care System

Harold and Jane Hirsh Professor of Health Law and Policy Sara Rosenbaum

On June 30, Health Policy and Management Professor Sara Rosenbaum was one of the experts National Public Radio interviewed in a spot titled, “Obamacare Has Problems. The Senate Health Care Bill Doesn't Solve Them, Experts Say.”  Rosenbaum said:  "The fundamental problem with the health care system is health care is too expensive."

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Texas Medicaid Family Planning Proposal Threatens Women’s Access to Preventive Care

A Texas 1115 Medicaid family planning demonstration proposal that would tie coverage to an exclusion of Planned Parenthood would severely constrain access for covered women, thereby defeating, rather than advancing, Medicaid’s core objectives.  This conclusion is contained in an analysis carried out by researchers from the GW Health Policy and Management’s Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy. The analysis was submitted as part of public comments to the Texas Health and Human Services Commission.