The Senate's Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) would have devastating consequences for Marylanders, with hundreds of thousands losing coverage because of the deep cuts to Medicaid and the premium increases and tax credit cuts for individual market plans.
By 2022, the uninsured rate among non-elderly adults is projected to rise to 21%, and the rate of uninsured children is expected to more than quadruple. In addition, the premiums in the individual market, coupled with smaller subsidies for older individuals, will create unaffordable costs for many.
Pulling together data from several sources, Consumer Health First has created some resources to help quantify the impact of the BCRA on Marylanders:
- AHCA and BCRA Impact in Maryland - outlines how the AHCA and BCRA would affect Marylanders with Medicaid, Medicare, individual market insurance, and those with substance use disorders, as well as the impact on Maryland's hospitals and economy.
- ACA vs. BCRA Tax Credits and Premiums - using Kaiser Family Foundation data, this shows the impact of the BCRA on premiums and tax credits at the bronze and silver level, by age and income, for each Maryland county.
- Effects of the BCRA on the Uninsured Rate in Maryland - using data from the Urban Institute, this shows the projected change in the number of uninsured children and the number of uninsured non-elderly adults, by race/ethnicity.
Other groups have also created resources that look at the impact on our state:
- Summary Impact of the Senate Healthcare Legislation on Maryland - This document from Senator Chris Van Hollen's office summarizes the impact of the BCRA on cost, coverage, and consumer protections.
- Impact of the Prevention and Public Health Fund in Maryland - Published by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee Democrats & House Committee on Energy and Commerce Democrats, this report shows that Maryland received more than $16 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund in FY16. If repealed, Maryland will lose $84 million over a five-year period.
- Impact on Coverage and Federal Subsidies and Support - This Maryland Hospital Association document shows the loss of federal subsidies and Medicaid funding through 2026.
- Impact of the American Health Care Act on Maryland - a fact sheet from AARP showing how the bill will impact older adults in Maryland.
What does all of this analysis tell us? The AHCA and BCRA are bad for Maryland and bad for the country. Share this information widely and be prepared to raise your voices again next week when Congress is back in session!