Medicaid

Crippling Medicaid Cuts Could Upend Rural Health Services

Jul 11, 2017

Each day as Ginger Peebles watches daughter Brenlee grow, she sees the importance of having a hospital close by that delivers babies.

Thousands of Floridians living with AIDS could be losing financial assistance they say is essential to living a normal life, and some AIDS groups are worried the state won't carry through on its promises.

Photo: Sen. Mitch McConnell's office via Facebook

The U.S. Senate could vote by July on a bill that promises sweeping changes to health care in America. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, a replacement for the Affordable Care Act (often called Obamacare), promises to reduce the federal deficit by hundreds of billions of dollars. It could also strip healthcare from 15 million Americans by 2018. Other proposed cuts to Medicaid likely see that number grow.

Critics pounced after the Senate released its long-awaited bill to dismantle President Barack Obama's health care law on Thursday, saying its proposed cuts to Medicaid could be disastrous for the roughly 3.6 million Florida residents who rely on the program.

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A new national study finds Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) play a larger role in providing health coverage for children and adults living in small towns and rural areas than it does for those living in metropolitan regions.  The report’s analysis finds that to be true in Florida as well.

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