New Report: GOP’s Latest Health Care Bill Slashes West Virginia’s Medicaid & Will Spike Costs

Bill also guts coverage for preexisting conditions, allows insurers to charge older Americans up to 5 times more

A new report from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) reveals that the latest version of the Republican’s toxic health care agenda, Graham-Cassidy-Heller, would slash funding for Medicaid in West Virginia by $2 billion — spiking costs and jeopardizing coverage for hardworking West Virginians. The CBPP also found that the GOP’s bill would gut coverage for pre-existing conditions, and The Kaiser Family Foundation found it would allow insurers to charge older Americans up to 5 times more.

Congressmen Evan Jenkins voted earlier this year on the House bill that would also make deep cuts to Medicaid funding, eliminate coverage for preexisting conditions, impose an age tax, and force West Virginians to pay more for their care. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey said he would have voted for the bill as well.

“This report confirms that the Republicans’ latest health care plan would be as expensive and horrific for West Virginians as their previous proposals: slashing West Virginia’s Medicaid and imposing an age tax on older Americans, while spiking costs and stripping away coverage for pre-existing conditions,” said David Bergstein of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. “The GOP health care agenda is despised by voters of every political persuasion, and if they continue pushing forward with this toxic bill voters will hold Republican Senate candidates like Rep. Jenkins and Attorney General Morrisey accountable in 2018.”



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