Protecting Medicaid

Medicaid Cuts Could Cause Grave Harm to Seniors and People with Disabilities

Current Republican proposals to repeal the Affordable Care Act would force states to dramatically cut the services Medicaid covers and cut the number of people who qualify for them. And the services that states will likely drop first are those on which seniors, people with disabilities, and others with serious health needs rely.

Medicaid 101

Medicaid is an essential part of America’s safety net and is relied upon by tens of millions of working families, children, seniors, people with disabilities in our country. It helps fund doctors and hospitals that deliver health care to people who would otherwise be unable to pay. Without Medicaid, providers would still have to offer these services; they would just have to absorb the cost, hurting the system overall.

In addition to benefiting individuals, Medicaid provides an economic boost to the states, with the federal government covering most of the costs, pumping millions into state economies.

Any cuts made to Medicaid would shift health care costs to the states, hurting local economies, and jeopardizing care and coverage for millions.