Recently, the state of Wisconsin submitted an application to the federal government seeking Medicaid waiver authority to make drug testing a condition of eligibility for the state’s adult Medicaid program--BadgerCare. This request breaks dangerous new ground; drug testing has never been allowed as part of the application process in the Medicaid program. That’s because it is illegal, it will make it harder for everyone applying for Medicaid, and it will hurt rather than help those with substance use disorders.
The recently-released Senate ACA repeal bill would cut funding and consumer protections, increase the number of uninsured, and cut federal Medicaid funding by over $800 billion. Our graphics show how many jobs would be lost in a handful of hardest-hit states.
A key way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped the United States reach a dramatic drop in the uninsured rate was by expanding the Medicaid program to low and moderate income adults. Despite this success, the House Republican plan to repeal the ACA would freeze the Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. As Arizona’s experience shows, freezing the Medicaid expansion is ending the Medicaid expansion and it’s a move that gambles with the lives of millions of Americans.
The House Republicans' latest health care brief would radically restructure and cut federal funding for Medicaid. Ryan calls his policy outline “A Better Way,” but it would be anything but better for states, patients, and health care providers.