Averting Deep Medicaid Cuts Key As Senators Draft Own Health Bill

May 30 , 2017, James Berklan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Senate Republicans headed into the long Memorial Day weekend determined to make progress on a bill to replace Obamacare, but some notable players were guarded, if not outright skeptical, that much could be accomplished soon.

One possibility is a two-step process that would postpone a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) until 2020 in order to keep the insurance markets relatively stable in the short term, key players have said.

A major stumbling block is what to do about Medicaid, which is far and away the top payer of nursing home services in the U.S. A House-passed bill would eliminate $800 billion in planned Medicaid funding over a decade, something numerous Senators on both sides of the aisle have said they could not abide by.

Enhanced tax credits for poor seniors are likely to make a GOP Senate bill, but wide disagreement remained about how to scale back Medicaid expansion that has taken place under the ACA and deal with the program's affordability.

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