Washington, D.C. – Today, the United States Senate Committee on Finance held a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy health care bill — a bill fundamentally altering and cutting funding for over 30 million children in the Medicaid
program. The hearing did not reveal anything to suggest this legislation could be fixed for our nation’s children in Medicaid. Children’s hospitals across the country stand in strong opposition to the Graham-Cassidy bill.
The Medicaid provisions in the Graham-Cassidy bill closely mirror those included in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) that were already rejected by the Senate. Previous analysis of the impact of similar proposals considered this year by Congress estimates the cut to Medicaid for children at more than $40 billion by 2026.
Under current law, Medicaid guarantees meaningful coverage for eligible low-income children and children with disabilities. By converting Medicaid into a capped program that limits funding to states, the bill removes the certainty states rely on to be able to provide health care coverage to their most vulnerable children, including those impacted by natural disasters and public health emergencies.
Furthermore, the legislation weakens important consumer safeguards, and as a result, millions of children in working families would no longer be assured that their private insurance covers the most basic of services without annual and lifetime limits and regardless of any underlying medical conditions.
In advance of the hearing, the Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) submitted a statement for the record
to register its opposition to this bill with the Committee. It is critical that senators take into account how this bill will hurt our nation’s children and simply vote no on the Graham-Cassidy proposal.