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Medicaid Cost Increases by 400 Percent in 11 States Under AHCA

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By    |   Monday, 22 May 2017 10:55 AM

The Republican healthcare plan to replace Obamacare would force almost a dozen states to pay more for new Medicaid enrollees starting in 2020, Axios is reporting. 

Citing data from Louisiana Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy, a former liver doctor, Axios claims that the cost of Medicaid expansion will jump over 400 percent in certain states.

California would see the biggest change, from $2,067.4 million to $10,337.2 million.

Cassidy's 2013 healthcare proposal was the first to include per-capita caps on Medicaid spending. He told STAT last week that people have to understand that the Donald Trump voter is the one who's benefiting from repealing Obamacare.

"The Trump voter will be the one who disproportionately is harmed if we do it poorly," he added. "Hopefully they'll understand that it's incumbent upon us to fulfill Trump's campaign pledge."

If a newly eligible person signs up for Medicaid before 2020, the federal government must match 90 percent of their costs, according to the rate under the Affordable Care Act. If a person signs up after 2020, the government only has to cover 50 percent of their costs.

States that already had expansive Medicaid laws, such as Massachusetts and Vermont, were affected by the ACA differently and therefore not expected to see a cost increase. Montana was not included because the state expanded Medicaid late, and their data was not available in time for publication.

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