Last week, the Republican-led House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Opponents of the bill are claiming that it could lead to millions of Californians losing their health insurance, some could end up paying more for coverage, and some could receive less generous health benefits. California’s Medi-Cal program covers roughly 13 million people, which is almost 1 in 3 Californians. Daniel Zingale, senior vice president at a nonprofit health care foundation called the California Endowment, states:
The biggest impact on California would be the cuts to Medi-Cal. We have the most to lose because we covered the most people in the last few years. It would be a major hit to us.
Over the next 10 years, the AHCA bill will cut federal funding to Medi-Cal by $24 billion. This means that many people covered by Medi-Cal will more than likely have their benefits reduced. The bill will apparently also allow insurance companies to charge older people more than five times what they charge younger people. Hopefully, a solution can be made that will prevent these things from happening, if they do occur.
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