The recently released Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), puts Medicaid on the chopping block. By limiting Medicaid cost growth to medical inflation through 2024 and general inflation from 2025 and beyond, the bill will lead to major, harmful reductions in both federal and state Medicaid spending. Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined that Medicaid spending under the BCRA would be 26 percent lower in 2026 than it would be under current law, and the gap would widen to about 35 percent by 2036. This significant cut to the program will have negative impacts on older adults, adults with disabilities, and individuals and families who rely on Medicaid to meet their health care and long-term services and supports needs.
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