February 10, 2020 Press Release

GOP Cuts “Could Impact Patients, Services In Arizona”

Report: GOP Medicaid Cuts “Could Impact Patients, Services In Arizona”

GOP-proposed Medicaid caps could lead to “reducing care […] reducing the amount of drugs and access” for Arizona AHCCCS recipients

McSally has silently stood by Republicans’ Medicaid block grant proposal

PHOENIX — While U.S. Sen. Martha McSally silently stands by Washington Republican’s push to cap and cut Medicaid funding, a report from KJZZ highlights how the proposal could lead to reduced care for Arizona patients, including limits on access to care and prescription drug coverage.

Republicans’ proposal to block grant Medicaid has been criticized by groups like the AARP, which has warned it “could lead to loss of services or coverage,” and by the American Medical Association, which has said the GOP plan “would increase the number of uninsured.”

AHCCCS, Arizona’s Medicaid program, provides health care coverage for 2 in 5 kids, 1 in 3 people with a disability, and 3 in 5 nursing home residents in Arizona.

Key points from KJZZ’s report:

  • “The Trump administration is pushing a plan to change the way Medicaid is funded.” –KJZZ

  • “Under the new proposal, the amount states could get would be capped, and the federal government would provide states something very similar to block grants.” –KJZZ

  • “It gives states the opportunity to limit drugs that are covered […] it could open the door to charging premiums.” –Swapna Reddy, clinical assistant professor, College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University

  • “It’s really important to say, ‘OK, in the effort to […] control costs, where is the human cost? And do we have a plan for that human cost?'” –Reddy

  • “I don’t know how else we would […] be able to maintain within a fixed amount of money, if we’re not reducing care, if we’re not reducing the amount of drugs and access to this population. I simply don’t know what the other answer is.” –Reddy