Dr. Barbe added that alternative efforts to pursue bipartisan initiatives aimed at stabilizing the individual market should be the next step, and that "more bipartisan collaboration is needed in the months ahead to improve the delivery and financing of health care".
"Regardless of family income, parents rely on Medicaid and CHIP to be able to afford the complex medical needs of their children, who will potentially be impacted to lose that coverage and then ultimately put their health at risk", she stresses.
In the US, 30 million children rely on Medicaid.
Children make up almost half of Medicaid enrollees, yet account for just 19 percent of costs. Medicaid/CHIP cover 60% of the 2.9 million children with special health care needs whose health conditions consistently and often greatly affect their daily activities, with Medicaid/CHIP as the sole source of coverage for almost half of these children.
Arnold says Medicaid's core benefit supports children's growth by meeting their developmental needs, and gives them access to preventive care that reduces health problems in the future and keeps costs down. Medicaid/CHIP children are significantly more likely than those with private insurance to report that their coverage is adequate to meet their needs (69% vs 64%).
It would even allow insurance companies to charge older Americans five times more for coverage than everyone else. A per capita cap will harm children's access to care, including services received at school.
The goal should be getting more people health care and creating a wellness-centered system rather than a disease-centered system.
A revised draft of the Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 (BCRA) was released Thursday, and new spending and coverage estimates from the Congressional Budget Office are expected to be released Monday.