Study: NY faces deep cuts if new GOP health bill becomes law

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Republican senators are trying to pass a new bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act in a vote that could come next week. 

The proposal would eliminate the requirement for everyone to have health insurance, and it would give states block grants to create their own health systems. It would also allow states to apply for waivers from certain mandates and allow insurers to increase prices and restructure Medicaid.

Its passage is still uncertain. Most states would take a stiff budgetary hit if the latest Senate GOP health care bill becomes law, according to an analysis released Wednesday. That could result in more uninsured Americans. The study by the consulting firm Avalere Health found that the Graham-Cassidy bill would lead to an overall $215 billion cut to states in federal funding for health insurance, through 2026. Reductions would grow over time.

States that voted for President Donald Trump would not be immune from cuts, though deep-blue California and New York face the deepest reductions. West Virginia, a Trump bastion, would see a $1 billion cut from 2020-2026.

Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) says he does not support the bill at this point. 

"It takes money from big states like New York and California and gives it to the smaller states around the country…That just hurts us," King tells News 12 Long Island. 

The AARP, the American Medical Association and Planned Parenthood are all opposed to the bill. So is New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Republican. He says he can't support it because it would take money away from New Jersey and other states that expanded Medicaid.

AP Wire Service was used in this report.
 

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