The Trump administration withdrew a proposed rule, called Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation (MFAR), that could have massively altered Medicaid funding, by forcing states to cut Medicaid coverage and services. Health experts agreed that the idea of endangering American’s access to public health during a pandemic did not seem like the best move.
We must ensure that Americans with Medicaid are not at risk of losing access to needed services and providers through funding or other changes, especially not during a time of crisis such as this.
Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation
The proposed MFAR was intended to increase transparency around certain Medicaid funding and study them. The proposal, however, did not study certain funding mechanisms but ended them and was widely denounced by states, health care providers, and people with Medicaid and their advocates.
Why Medicaid is essential
Over 12 million people with Medicare rely on Medicaid. These individuals often have very high rates of chronic illness and may have extensive long-term services while supporting the needs that can only be met through Medicaid.
Medicaid is the only reason why millions of Americans can afford to stay in their homes and communities safer. Many experts flag the services that keep people safe at home as the most at risk from state budget cuts, which could lead to many people being forced to leave their homes and enter nursing facilities, increasing their risk of contracting COVID-19.
Importantly, Medicaid funding generally is already at risk. States are facing budgetary issues because of simultaneous economic speed bumps in enrollment related to the pandemic. This makes it an especially dangerous time to limit Medicaid funding.
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