AHCA puts 30M U.S. children at risk: 5 reasons why

Written by Adam Schrag | March 22, 2017 | Print  |

In reshaping Medicaid funding, the AHCA may put approximately 40 percent of U.S. children at risk of losing healthcare insurance, according to U.S. News.

Here's what you need to know:


1. The AHCA doesn't protect funds for children or guarantee they will receive medically necessary care. It would reduce children's access to screenings, vaccines and other preventative care by altering Medicaid's funding.


2. The current bill would cut Medicaid spending by 25 percent by 2026 and is expected to reduce children's benefits.


3. The proposed changes begin in 2020, meaning many children who currently have health coverage will lose it and many who are not yet born will be impacted.


4. Medicaid-covered children have better health and educational and economic outcomes as they become adults while uninsured children don't enjoy the same benefits.


5. Preserving Medicaid coverage for children may help reduce future healthcare spending.


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