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Sandoval raises concerns about potential impact of Heller’s health care plan: “That’s a problem”

The Nevada Independent: Sandoval questions sanctuary city ballot question, says it’s too early to weigh in on Graham-Cassidy-Heller ACA replacement

By Riley Snyder
August 25th, 2017

Gov. Brian Sandoval said Friday it’s too early to take a position on a major federal health insurance reform proposal backed by Republican Sen. Dean Heller, but he expressed concern about its impact on Nevada.


Although Heller told a conservative talk show host last week that Sandoval — the first Republican governor to expand Medicaid under the ACA and a vocal opponent of efforts to roll back funding for the expanded population —  was on board with the Graham-Cassidy-Heller concept, the governor said it would “premature” for him to comment until a final version of the bill had been introduced and his staff had a chance to analyze the bill.

“I don’t want to commit to one thing or the other, but I do have a litmus test, which is that Nevada be held harmless,” he said.

But the governor did say that reports like the one by left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities showing Nevada could lose more than $250 million in federal funding under the amendment had him concerned.

“That’s a problem,” he said. “I’ve said all along that I want the state to be held harmless. I want to ensure that those 210,000 people who were the beneficiaries of the opt-in and the newly eligibles are covered.”