Facts and Figures Regarding the Real Impact of the Senate Health Bill on Maryland

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.

Other groups have also created resources that look at the impact on our state:

  • 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 If repealed, Maryland will lose $84 million over a five-year period.

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!