Similar to its position on the U.S. House of Representative’s American Health Care Act, the MMA has spoken out against the Senate’s version of health care reform, specifically because of its dramatic cuts to Medicaid. In Minnesota approximately 1.2 million people are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.
According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
, if the Senate bill passes, the cost to Minnesota to retain Medicaid expansion would be four times the current state-only costs (by 2024) – from $272 million to $1.08 billion.
In a statement to the media last week, MMA President David Agerter, MD, said the bill “is not good for patients and not good for Minnesota.”
Many health care organizations, such as the AMA, American Hospital Association, American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Family Physicians, have spoken out against the bill, which is known as the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Here
is the AMA’s breakdown on what the bill proposes.
“The proposed health care bill from the Senate is a somewhat slower path to the same end as the House bill – fewer people insured, less affordable coverage, poor people harmed, and Medicaid crippled,” Agerter continued in the statement. “If this bill is passed, a large group of children, disabled, elderly and low-income adults (many in rural areas of Minnesota) will be greatly affected.”
With the bill now on hold until after the Fourth of July break, the MMA is encouraging members to let Senators Amy Klobuchar
and Al Franken
know they have your support and then reach out to friends and relatives in states where their senators are not health care champions. Urge them to call or write their senators and tell them that Medicaid is crucial to America’s health.