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CBO Projects 22 Million Americans Will Lose Insurance Coverage

New estimates, released today by the Congressional Budget Office, project that 22 million Americans would lose coverage under the Senate health bill. This is the steep price Americans will pay for the Republican’s health care bill:


The number of uninsured would increase from 26 million to 49 million over a decade. As soon as next year, 15 million would lose coverage.


The Republican bill cuts spending for Medicaid by nearly $800 billion, putting the poor, disabled and elderly at risk – 15 million people would lose Medicaid coverage, including 10 million who are currently eligible. 


Medicaid covers 20% of all Americans and 40% of poor adults. It pays for most of the 1.4 million people in nursing homes, many of who were middle class working Americans who had to drain their savings when they entered into a nursing care facility.


The CBO also projected that the defunding of Planned Parenthood would result in more births and about 15% of current patients losing care. Three-fourths of public dollars spent on family planning come from Medicaid, which also pays for about half of all births in this country.


Low income and older Americans will see the steepest rise in health insurance rates along with higher deductibles and co-pays for less coverage than is currently provided. The bill allows insurers to charge older people five times as much as younger people.


The bill allows states to roll back many of the ACA’s insurance regulations, including coverage of essential health benefits and the reinstatement of annual and lifetime limits. 


The bottom line is this: across the board Americans will be spending more for health insurance, more out of pocket deductibles and co-pays, and more for benefits no longer provided under that Republican plan. Even though the CBO projects average lower insurance premiums by 2026, the overall cost to individuals for health care will go up.


Before the non-partisan budget office released the report, the American Medical Association announced its opposition to the bill, saying it violates the standard of “first do no harm” that medicine has operated under. The National Governors Association has urged the Senate to slow down. 



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Call Senators Mark Warner (202-224-2023) and Tim Kaine (202-224-4024) today. Thank them for opposing Trumpcare. Let them know you are counting on them to use every single tactic and procedure in the Senate to prevent or delay this horrific bill from coming to a vote. Tell them your own personal stories and how this bill will bring harm to you and your family.


Share the phone number to the Congressional switchboard with your friends in other states and ask them to call their Senators now and often to defeat Trumpcare. 



Link to copy of the CBO Cost Estimate Report for H.R. 1628: https://www.cbo.gov/system/files/115th-congress-2017-2018/costestimate/52849-hr1628senate.pdf 


Link to American Medical Association Statement: https://searchlf.ama-assn.org/undefined/documentDownload?uri=%2Funstructured%2Fbinary%2Fletter%2FLETTERS%2FBCRA-Letter.pdf 


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Cover Virginia 

Learn about Virginia’s Medicaid and FAMIS programs for children, pregnant women and adults. You can also get information about health insurance options available through the Federal Marketplace. 855-242-8282 Facebook: @coverva


Naral Pro-Choice Virginia 

Naral is building political power for pro-choice Virginians and working to ensure every Virginia woman can make the personal reproductive decisions that are best for herself and her family, without stigma or political interference. Contact: info@naralva.org, 571.970.2536 Facebook page Twitter: @NARAL   


Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia  

The nonprofit Senior Services is the leading regional agency for a wide variety of programs and services for seniors. It also does advocacy on some issues. There are at least three programs that help seniors with health care access: 

  • free counseling on Medicare-related issues (and helping seniors navigated through the confusion, if necessary).
  • the ombudsman program that stands up for seniors who might be encountering issues (abuse, neglect, billing, etc.) in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, etc.
  • transportation assistance to medical appointments.