Medicaid Chief Warning of Possible Drastic Reductions

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Cuts to Medicaid prescribed by the American Health Care Act could lead to a drastic reduction in services for Virginians with disabilities, policy experts and lawmakers said last week. In Virginia, 1 in every 8 residents rely on the state’s Medicaid program. That includes one-third of Virginia’s children and two-thirds of its nursing facility residents. The state projects that the financial loss to its Medicaid program under the bill, which has passed the U.S. House of Representatives but still requires Senate approval, is $22 million in the first year, $191 million in the seventh year, and $689 million total over seven years, beginning in 2020. And according to Virginia’s Medicaid chief, the American Health Care Act would spell bad news for many — if not all — of its members, particularly the elderly and individuals with disabilities.