By
Joseph Pennisi
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July 25, 2017

Statement on CBO Score for Revised U.S. Senate Health Care Bill

This post was last updated on September 10, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.
On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just unveiled the cost and coverage implications of the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act, the U.S. Senate’s latest version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The projections this time around are alarmingly similar to previous estimates on massive coverage loss and deep Medicaid cuts under federal health care legislation. The CBO indicates that 22 million fewer Americans would be insured by 2026 and that $756 billion would be cut from Medicaid over the next decade.

The CBO’s estimate once again confirms that the underlying damaging features of the ACA repeal and replace proposals offered by Senate leadership are still intact. Despite a host of data produced by state and national non-partisan groups outlining how cutting and capping Medicaid would adversely impact millions of children, seniors and people with disabilities who rely on it as a lifeline, we continue to see this provision in subsequent iterations of federal health care legislation.

It imperative that all members of the U.S. Senate come together on a bipartisan basis to build on the unprecedented health insurance coverage and health care delivery gains of the ACA. We call on Florida’s Senate delegation in particular to pursue this path and preserve the health and livelihood of Sunshine State residents.

The U.S. Senate must reject any legislation that eliminates Medicaid expansion, caps and cuts Medicaid or results in coverage loss.

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