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The House-passed bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would severely damage Medicaid and make quality care less accessible to low-income Americans — the very feature of Medicaid that a new Commonwealth Fund analysis highlights.

That’s because the House bill would end Medicaid as we know it by converting the program to a per capita cap or block grant. Together with effectively ending the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, that would cut federal Medicaid spending by $839 billion over ten years.  All told, the House bill would threaten care for nearly 70 million people who rely on Medicaid for accessible, quality health care.

Trump Administration officials, including Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, have repeatedly justified the cuts by falsely claiming that Medicaid doesn’t offer sufficient access to care — even though the cuts would reduce access because they’d likely force states to deeply cut payments to doctors and other providers, who’d then be less willing to accept new Medicaid patients.  But the Commonwealth Fund’s findings underscore the truth:  Medicaid’s access to care is comparable to private coverage, and its quality of care is higher.