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The Fate Of 16.8 Million Medicaid Enrollees Rests On 20 GOP Senators From 14 States

June 2, 2017

By Jeffrey Young, Alissa Scheller : huffingtonpost – excerpt (includes infographic)

The stakes are especially high for this group of lawmakers, as they represent the states that accepted federal funding to expand Medicaid.

The Senate is on the verge of debating legislation to repeal and “replace” the Affordable Care Act, and Medicaid is on the chopping block.

Whatever happens next with Obamacare repeal and the future of Medicaid will depend in large measure on whether GOP senators choose to fight for the combined 16.8 million of their constituents on Medicaid, including 4.3 million who gained Medicaid coverage because of the Affordable Care Act, according to data from state agencies compiled by HuffPost.

See the facts and figures about Medicaid in states with Republican senators in the HuffPost infographic at the bottom of this article.

The Republicans in the House narrowly passed health care legislation last month that would gut the health care program, which the federal government jointly operates and finances with the states, for low-income families, people with disabilities and elderly nursing home patients. President Donald Trump staged a celebration at the White House after the passage of a measure projected to cause 14 million Medicaid beneficiaries to lose coverage. That’s despite repeatedly promising during his campaign not to cut Medicaid…(more)

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