The Nevada Independent: Heller signs onto Graham-Cassidy amendment to keep in place most ACA taxes, send money to states
Heller called the amendment Thursday afternoon “the most conservative and workable solution,” saying that it would return power to states and provide flexibility to Legislatures and governors.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: Cassidy-Graham Amendment Would Cut Hundreds of Billions from Coverage Programs, Cause Millions to Lose Health Insurance
Specifically, the Cassidy-Graham amendment would:
- Eliminate premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions that help moderate-income marketplace consumers afford coverage and care, and eliminate the ACA’s enhanced match for Medicaid expansion starting in 2020.
- Replace the marketplace subsidies (premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions) and Medicaid expansion funding with a block grant set at levels well below what would be provided under current law. States apparently could use these funds for a broad range of health care purposes, not just coverage, with essentially no guardrails or standards to ensure affordable, meaningful coverage. After 2026 block grant funding would end altogether.
- Maintain the Senate bill’s provision to convert virtually the entire Medicaid program to a per capita cap, with large and growing cuts to federal funding for seniors, people with disabilities, and families with children.