Washington- The new U.S. Senate health care overhaul plan would lead to "significant" cost increases for Michigan that would trigger the end of the state's Medicaid expansion program that insures almost 670,000 low-income people, according to the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency.
Premiums would increase for the next two years before beginning to decrease, and even then, most individuals' out-of-pocket costs will be higher than they would be under current law because insurance will pay for less.
It's not yet clear whether Republicans in the Senate will embrace the legislation as eagerly as their counterparts in the Assembly.
The health care overhaul proposal unveiled last Thursday also has other effects.
It would provide a temporary new benefit by subsidizing services for Michigan's institutionalized mentally ill adults who aren't now covered by the government health care program, according to the MI legislative experts. It also could translate into reduced funding for nursing homes.
Another change the bill makes is to extend the premium assistance to people who make less than the federal poverty level, while effectively phasing out the Medicaid expansion that allowed adults with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level to be eligible. He came out on Friday at a press conference with the governor of his state saying - he practically said he was a no. Both the House and Senate bill would immediately cut off Planned Parenthood for at least one year.
"We are still analyzing the bill, but at this time it doesn't look like it contains a good outcome for MI", spokesman Ari Adler said by email.More news: Spain: Poor English may have caused bungee-jumping death
The Senate bill would cut hundreds of billions of dollars in taxes over the coming decade, with most of the savings going to those at the top of the income ladder. Rand Paul of Kentucky, Sen. He added that Democrats are willing to work with Republicans to make reforms to the current health care system, but not repeal Obamacare.
Some in and outside state government dispute that analysis. But in the four days since the majority leader revealed the draft text of his clumsily named Better Care Reconciliation Act, the revolt within his own caucus has proved more serious than it first seemed. In Michigan, that traditional match is around 65 percent.
This is 1 million fewer than under the House version, but is unlikely to change the minds of lawmakers who plan to vote against the Senate's proposed replacement for Obamacare.
The American Medical Association, the nation's largest organization of doctors, already has sharply attacked the Senate bill, a follow up to the previously passed House Republican bill. But because of how it would determine baseline spending for eligibility groups, the state wouldn't be "nearly as much at risk for exceeding the caps", according to the Senate Fiscal Agency report. But other dissenters seem more ideologically opposed to the bill. However, he tweeted on Monday that the Senate needs to vote on the bill before health insurers announce premiums increases for next year.
Senate analysts estimated that this provision could mean a savings of almost $42 million for care provided at three adult facilities in Westland, Caro and Kalamazoo. "Twenty-two million people, including 15 million of the most vulnerable Americans, would lose their health care coverage".
That's more than enough to torpedo the measure developed in private by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. This is something they've wanted to do for a very long time - is, you know, shrink entitlements.