CEO Blog – July 2017

Health care is back in the news as the US Senate has returned from the 4th of July break and will resume work on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).  This bill aims to significantly change the Affordable Cares Act passed in 2010.

While much of the news has focused on the impact nationwide, California would be faced with major challenges should the current version of the BCRA become law.  An analysis of the proposed Senate bill by the California Department of Health Care Services and Department of Finance found that the BCRA would shift responsibilities and costs from the federal government to the state — adding

nearly $3 billion in costs in 2020, with the annual cost growing to $30.3 billion by 2027. The cumulative cost from 2020 through 2027 would total an estimated $114.6 billion, with a $92.4 billion impact to California’s General Fund.

“This bill takes a sledgehammer to the improvements we have made in our state’s health care delivery system,” said DHCS Director Jennifer Kent.

In addition to dramatically reshaping the federal-state partnership that has underpinned the Medicaid program for more than 50 years, the BCRA would effectively reverse the effort to expand coverage to low-income adults under the ACA. The budget impact would force California to consider reducing or even ending vital health care services to our state’s most vulnerable individuals.

“The BCRA would impose a massive, regressive restructuring of the Medicaid program that upends more than a half-century of state-federal partnership, while harming the health of Americans,” Kent said. “The long-term impact of this bill cannot be understated:  It is simply devastating.”

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Representative Tom McClintock

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