With a pandemic spreading, society locked down, kids at home, and millions of layoffs, working families are navigating enough challenges right now. But hidden in the hundreds of pages of the recently passed $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief legislation is a combustible policy prescription that’s about to bring mayhem to healthcare for the middle class.
Of course, Congress was right to craft a robust national response to the health and economic fallout of the coronavirus. And legislators were right to focus on strengthening our safety net for the truly needy: After all, that’s what it exists for.
To that end, Congress increased the federal government’s share of most of the costs for Medicaid — the program was designed for low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities — by bumping up the federal medical assistance percentage to provide billions in additional funding for states.