President Donald Trump wants to convert Medicaid into a block grant system, which means massive cuts in Medicaid and deadly effects for Georgians.
This new program would take Medicaid administration from the federal government and give it the states. Research on past programs just like this one show us the deadly effects that result.
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities analyzed a 2014 block grant plan and found it would result in a 26 percent cut to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program by 2024.
The Urban Institute estimated that a 2012 block grant proposal would lead states to drop between 14.3 million and 20.5 million people from Medicaid by the tenth year.
We know that millions of Americans are at risk to lose their health insurance under Trump’s plan. This program would leave thousands of Georgians stranded without critical health care.
But Georgians — especially the most vulnerable Georgians — can’t afford to lose coverage.
There’s already a Medicaid gap in Georgia, which prevents low-income Georgians from accessing health care services. As of 2016, there are between 300,000 and 600,000 Georgians who fall into the coverage gap — one of the highest numbers in the country. People across our state can’t afford the care they need to live healthy, normal lives.
Cutting Medicaid would also put more pressure on Georgia’s rural hospitals, which are already in the midst of a crisis. Rural hospitals across the state have closed down, leaving massive health care and economic holes in communities. Unfortunately, many more hospitals are struggling to keep their doors open.
Trump’s health care scheme would be bad for our health, bad for our hospitals and bad for our state. If he gets his way, Georgians will lose their lives.