Graham-Cassidy Proposal Leaves Room for Questions

Modern Healthcare quoted Manatt’s Patricia Boozang, senior managing director with Manatt Health, on how the Graham-Cassidy repeal and replace legislation could impact states financially.
According to Manatt Health’s analysis, which was also featured by the publication, states would receive $81.6 billion fewer dollars from 2020 to 2026 under Graham-Cassidy than they would under the current law. Twenty-nine states would see an average reduction of 19%. Between 25 and 38 states would receive less federal funding on an unadjusted basis than they get under the current law, with some states seeing reductions of 50% or more to fund coverage for low-income people.
The bill “is an incredibly complicated proposal and that’s why we need more time to understand what’s in the bill, what it means for states in terms of funding, and what it means for consumers,” said Boozang. “Those questions won’t be adequately answered before next Wednesday,” which is when Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing for a vote.
Several top-tier publications have covered Manatt Health’s analysis of the Graham-Cassidy bill, including The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and Bloomberg.



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