Children’s Advocates Call GOP Health Bill “Wrong for PA Kids”

Some children’s advocates are saying the bill introduced in Congress as a replacement for the Affordable Care Act would be bad for kids in Pennsylvania. The American Health Care Act would put a cap per person on Medicaid spending, and set a maximum amount available for individuals based on factors like age or disability.

Joan Benso, the president and CEO of Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children, says if a child is in the category for typically healthy children and has a serious injury or chronic disease like asthma, medical expenses could easily exceed that cap.

“The State of Pennsylvania or their parents would be solely responsible for the full cost of those services, rather than having the historic cost-sharing we’ve had with the federal government,” she explained.

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