An Insider’s Look at Battle Over Future of Affordable Care Act, Medicaid

The future of federal policy toward health care, potentially affecting many millions of Americans, became the hottest of all front-burner issues immediately following Election Day last year.

The next president had made repeal of the Affordable Care Act a leading priority of his campaign. Republican legislators who controlled both the House and Senate were eager to make it happen. Plans to drastically cut Medicaid funding were in the works.

None of this was lost on health care advocates who had campaigned for passage of the ACA and later worked to help implement the law now enabling health insurance coverage for millions of Americans with financial support from Medicaid.

“Everything we had been doing for the past seven or eight years was threatened,” said Robert Restuccia, executive director of Community Catalyst, at an Oct. 30 meeting of the Gerontology Speaker Series at UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School. Continue reading

How Weaker Affordable Care Act Would Squeeze Hospital Finances

This article originally appeared on STAT on Oct. 11, 2017

By Joel S. Weissman, Marc A. Cohen and Amanda Reich

While the Trump administration and the Republican-led Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, a number of ACA-weakening strategies put forward by the administration are already underway. These include inadequate enforcement of the individual mandate, imposition of work requirements on Medicaid recipients, and failure to promote enrollment through advertising and outreach. An unintended consequence of these strategies is likely to be an increase in the amount of uncompensated care provided by America’s hospitals.

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