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ROSEN: LATEST SENATE GOP VERSION OF TRUMPCARE WILL ROB NEVADA OF $2.7 BILLION, EFFECTIVELY ENDING MEDICAID IN NEVADA

September 19, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) highlighted a new state-by-state report  revealing that Republicans’ latest Trumpcare legislation would rob $2.7 billion in healthcare funding from Nevada over the next ten years.  While the Senate GOP hopes to rush to a vote next week, the Congresswoman pushed back against taking up this disastrous legislation:

“Senate Republicans’ latest version of Trumpcare is the worst that we’ve seen yet,” said Rosen. “The Cassidy-Graham-Heller-Johnson bill is merciless and would rob Nevada of $2.7 billion, placing Medicaid on the chopping block and reversing all of the progress we’ve made under Governor Sandoval’s successful expansion of the program.  Rather than work with Democrats to stabilize the insurance market and drive down costs for families, Republicans have made clear time and time again that they are more worried about giving away tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.  Nevada’s veterans, seniors, women, working families, people with pre-existing conditions, and those who live in rural communities are all at risk of losing access to quality care. I strongly oppose this bill and will fight to see it fail.”

BACKGROUND: The Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson version of Trumpcare would harm hundreds of thousands of Nevada families:

  • Higher Costs, Less Coverage – Trumpcare forces families to pay much higher out-of-pocket health care costs, including deductibles. Trumpcare will take away some or all health care from tens of millions of hard-working Americans.
     
  • Gut Medicaid – According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Nevada would lose $639 million dollars in federal funding by 2026 under the Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson plan to turn Medicaid into a block grant and turn back the clock on Nevada’s successful Medicaid expansion.
     
  • Key Protections Eliminated – Trumpcare would eliminate key protections for people with pre-existing conditions, destroy essential health benefits, and reinstate the dreaded lifetime and annual limits on care.
     
  • A Crushing Age Tax – Trumpcare exposes older Americans to higher premiums than what others pay for health coverage, no matter how healthy they are.

Congresswoman Rosen is a co-sponsor of  H.R.3258, the Marketplace Certainty Act, a bill that would immediately address market instability by controlling costs and keeping insurers from exiting the Silver State Exchange. The bill funds cost-sharing reductions provided by the Affordable Care Act, which would help drive down premiums costs to make insurance plans more affordable for consumers.

Congresswoman Rosen is also a co-sponsor of H.R. 635, the CHOICE Act, which directs the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to offer a nationwide public health insurance option that provides value, choice, competition, and the stability of affordable, high-quality coverage financed through premiums, rather than taxpayer dollars.

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