NCCS discusses the latest health care developments and takes your questions.
Posted by National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship on Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The year has started out with several big health care proposals, so here’s a quick run down of what to keep your eye on.
Medicaid Work Requirements
On Thursday, the Trump administration released a 10-page memo outlining directions about how states can change Medicaid to include work requirements. Jane Perkins, legal director for the National Health Law Program, commented to Kaiser Health News:
NCCS is concerned about this policy’s impact on cancer patients and survivors. As Health Affairs reported last April, nearly 5 million enrollees could be at risk of losing their health insurance if a work requirement is implemented, and this includes individuals with serious health problems such as cancer. It is being reported that at least 10 states are interested in applying these work requirements, with Kentucky’s request being approved by CMS earlier today.
NCCS is concerned that work requirements will result in health care being denied to thousands of low-income people, and opposes any work requirements that do not include defined exemptions for people who cannot work due to illness, such as cancer treatment, or caregiving responsibilities. NCCS will continue to monitor these developments and their impacts on those living with cancer.
CHIP Negotiations Continue
Lawmakers also continue to debate how long to fund CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program). Democrats are pushing for a permanent reauthorization of CHIP, after a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report said it would save the federal government $6 billion over the next decade. Republicans are considering including a funding extension of at least five years for CHIP in a stopgap spending bill to fund the government past Jan. 19. CHIP, a federal-state matching program, serves nearly nine million moderate- to low-income children, including pediatric cancer survivors. Time is of the essence, as several states report money for the program could run out in February.
Please use our hotline to contact your Representatives and ask them to fund CHIP immediately. Simply call (844) 257-6227 to be connected to your Member.