Higher Ed Groups Urge 'Different Approach' to Health Care Bill

AACRAO joined 18 other higher education groups to send a letter to Senate leaders on Tuesday, urging a "different approach" to the health care bill released by Republican lawmakers last week.

The legislation includes cuts to Medicaid funding and a repeal of the program's expansion, among other things. The proposed changes would negatively impact state budgets and could force lawmakers to slash spending on higher education to account for decreased Medicaid funds. Additionally, the bill would prompt the loss of health care coverage for many college students and large increases in uncompensated care for teaching hospitals, the letter said.

"As the Congressional Budget Office has indicated, the proposed drastic reductions to federal Medicaid funding and the other changes to individual market coverage will cause a significant increase in the number of uninsured Americans," the groups wrote.

Republican leaders—short of the votes necessary to pass the bill—said Tuesday they would delay a vote on the bill until after the July 4 congressional recess, Inside Higher Ed reported.

 

Related Links

Coalition Letter to Senate leaders regarding ACA Reconciliation Bill

http://aacrao.org/docs/default-source/Advocacy1/SignOn-Letters/higher-ed-letter-senate-aca-reconciliation-bill-final-6-27-17.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Inside Higher Ed

https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2017/06/28/higher-ed-groups-criticize-gop-health-care-bill