The Department of Health and Human Services accidentally leaked their own budget this evening. Bob Herman at Axios saved a copy. The biggest aspect of the budget is it laid out another $600 billion dollars in cuts to Medicaid and CHIP over ten years in addition to the $820 billion in Medicaid cuts in the AHCA.
Between these two documents Medicaid would lose 47% of its federal funding over a decade.
Lawmakers who just barely passed a health care bill out of the House will be asked for north of $600B in additional cuts to Medicaid & SCHIP
— Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis) May 23, 2017
Loren Adler at Brookings thinks the cuts would be to tie the AHCA block grants to no more than inflation rate growth without regard to population or case mixture. As the Baby Boomers retire, more of them will require nursing home care that is currently paid for by Medicaid but there would be no federal money.
$610 billion in additional Medicaid cuts is on par with instituting Medicaid block grants that only grow with CPI, on top of AHCA changes. https://t.co/67F5o8sfgS
— Loren Adler (@LorenAdler) May 22, 2017
This is a budget wishlist that pits old people versus kids, the disabled against the pregnant and state budgets against upper income tax cuts in the federal budget.
Call Congress and give them an earful.