43,000 Veterans At Risk of Losing Health Care with Trumpcare

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and Trump budget make devastating cuts to Medicaid. 43,000 Tennessee veterans depend on Medicaid for their health care and that coverage is at risk with these budget and policy moves.

A report from Families USA details the problem:

In 2015, roughly 1.75 million veterans (ages 18 and older)—nearly 1 in 10—had Medicaid coverage (see Table 1). In many cases, Medicaid supplemented VA or other coverage like Medicare for veterans who were older than 65. About half of Medicaid-enrolled veterans are aged 18-64 and ineligible for Medicare. Forty percent of these 913,000 working-age veterans (18-64) with Medicaid had no other source of health coverage. Without Medicaid coverage, they would be uninsured. Medicaid is their only way to reliably get access to needed care.

In 2015, more than 913,000 veterans between the ages of 18 and 64 were enrolled in Medicaid, and about 340,000 veterans received Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. That represents a significant increase in the Medicaid enrollment of working-age veteran from 2013, the year before the ACA went into effect (see Table 2). While the number of veterans covered by Medicaid increased across most states when the ACA was implemented, it was significantly.

It’s imperative that veterans are able to access health care by way of Medicaid. Trumpcare puts that coverage at risk, and that’s simply unacceptable.

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