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Trump Administration Set to Issue Block Grant Guidance That Takes Direct Aim At Medicaid Expansion

By January 23, 2020No Comments

Washington, DC – The Trump administration is poised to take another step to sabotage Americans’ health care by issuing new guidance that would allow states to convert their Medicaid program into block grants that will specifically target those enrolled through Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. These so-called block grants are seen by health care experts as a blatant attempt to gut coverage and kick people off the rolls, and have repeatedly been rejected by Congress. In response to the administration’s proposal, Protect Our Care Executive Director Brad Woodhouse issued the following statement: 

“The president’s war on health care knows no bounds. In the same week President Trump said cuts to Medicare and Medicaid are on the table, we now learn that his administration is set to propose benefit-slashing block grants on Medicaid expansion, targeting the benefits of millions of Americans who have gained coverage through one of the Affordable Care Act’s most important, successful and popular provisions. President Trump blew his stack last week when he found out how poor his own polling is on the issue of health care and his response is to slash health care coverage for potentially millions of Americans? Seriously?”