Study: 328,000 Nevadans to be kicked off health care; Cortez Masto speaks out against GOP plan

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A new study says 328,000 Nevadans will lose healthcare under the Republican healthcare bill, which is currently in front of the United States Senate.

The study conducted by the Children’s Advocacy Alliance and Nevadans Together for Medicaid does not reveal a lot of new information, but it underscores the arguments Democrats have been making against repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act.

Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D-NV, was at University Medical Center on Friday discussing the report.  While at the hospital Cortez Masto blasted, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other Republicans, saying 13 Republican men are making decisions about women’s healthcare behind closed doors.

She also warned of the potential nearly half-billion dollar budget hole that would exist starting in 2024, as Nevada would have to pick up more of the tab to keep people on the Medicaid rolls.  However, if the state can’t afford that or any of the smaller increases in state contributions before 2024, Cortez Masto says the ripple effect of newly-uninsured could be devastating.

“If we are going to go down the path of taking that away and defunding Medicaid or changing the formula for Medicaid and gutting it, we’re going to lose that quality of care here at UMC and our hospitals in this state, including in our rural communities,” Sen. Cortez Masto said.

UMC treats everyone who comes in for care, and because of that work ethic, before the Medicaid expansion, the hospital at times was operating in a deficit as high as $100 million per year.  But, when the number of uninsured Nevadans went down after more were enrolled in Medicaid in 2014, the deficit number went away.

The CEO of UMC says at one point 35 percent of the patients they treated didn’t have insurance, meaning they generally were not being paid for services.  That number has since decreased to about 11 percent.  However, it would be in danger of going back up under the proposed healthcare bill.

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