The first group selected to enter the arena in the Healthcare Hunger Games are seniors.
The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the 2018 Federal Budget released by the Trump Administration proposes cuts and unprecedented new eligibility requirements for Medicaid. Based on the earlier analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, the budget cuts of $800 billion would mean more than 11 million people would lose Medicaid coverage over the next ten years. In the AHCA proposal, work requirements and mandatory premium payments would be added to current eligibility criteria.
Medicaid serves as the payor of last resort for the poor, disabled and children. However, since its inception in 1965, it has evolved for many as the first resort when it comes to long-term care costs. Today, Medicaid covers 40% of all long-term care costs, a percentage that is on the rise. In fact, Medicaid covers 65 percent of the costs