Washington, D.C. — The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 is an important step forward in fixing the health insurance market damaged by ObamaCare and refocusing the Medicaid program on the truly needy.
The bill maintains provisions from the House-passed American Health Care Act that will give states new flexibility to require able-bodied adults on Medicaid to work, train, or volunteer. More than two-thirds of all voters support these common-sense Medicaid work requirements.
The bill would also end ObamaCare’s perverse funding scheme for new states considering Medicaid expansion and gradually phase out the enhanced funding for states that have already opted in.
“The Senate’s discussion draft is a vital next step to protect patients, reduce health insurance costs, provide historic Medicaid reform, and cut taxes and spending. The draft preserves key aspects of the House-passed bill while recognizing the demands of Senators. More work remains to be done and we look forward to making further improvements as the bill moves to the floor,” stated Tarren Bragdon, CEO of FGA.
The full text of the bill (H.R. 1628) can be found here.
The Foundation for Government Accountability is a non–profit, multi–state think tank that specializes in health care, welfare, and regulatory reform. To learn more, visit TheFGA.org.