NYAPRS Note: Ron Manderscheid, one of our nation’s most respected and dedicated recovery advocates, warned last week of the very harmful impact the GOP’s healthcare proposal would have on our community, most notably that:
The bill would end the Medicaid Expansion in 2019.
….If federal payments were reduced only to traditional levels of federal financial participation, at least half of this number likely would be removed from the Medicaid roles almost immediately.
The bill would implement per capita caps for Medicaid in 2019.
…The net effect would be a rapid and progressive erosion of the health insurance benefits for those enrolled in Medicaid (Essential Health Benefits would be eliminated in 2018). Since Medicaid covers 75 million persons who are poor, who are disabled, or who are older, the effects on American society would be enormous.
The bill would replace insurance subsidies with reduced tax credits for those with moderate incomes in 2019.
…The proposed Republican bill would slash these subsidies and replace them with much smaller retroactive tax credits for private insurance. The immediate net effect would be that millions of moderate income Americans would no longer be able to afford health insurance.
The bill would increase insurance costs for virtually everyone, especially for Americans who are older or who are disabled.
Persons who are older and persons who have disabilities would pay much more under this plan.
The bill would promote health savings accounts.
Few, if any, of the persons who have been newly insured under the ACA could afford to contribute to health savings accounts. Read more at http://www.behavioral.net/blogs/ron-manderscheid/fewer-covered-weaker-protections-higher-costs
The potential consequences on New York’s healthcare system will be a major focus on NYAPRS’ Annual Executive Seminar, “All Hands on Deck: Ensuring a Recovery Focus in a Changing Healthcare Environment,” to be held April 27-8 at the Albany Hilton. You’ll find the most updated program information below.
National and state experts who’ll be on hand include Ron Pollack, Founding Executive Director, Families USA; Chuck Ingoglia, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health; James Lytle, Partner, Manatt, Phelps and Phillips, LLC; Bruce Feig, Senior Consultant, Sachs Policy Group; Jorge R. Petit, MD, Regional Senior VP of the New York Region, Beacon Health Options and Kate Breslin, President & CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy, with comment by NYS Deputy Secretary for Health Paul Francis.
Register today at https://rms.nyaprs.org/event/?page=CiviCRM&q=civicrm/event/info&reset=1&id=23 and hotel information at http://www.nyaprs.org/documents/2017HotelReservations.pdf.