The Trump-supported rollback of the Affordable Care Act would reduce federal money that 31 states have relied on to extend Medicaid coverage. And Medicaid spending would fall from two percent of the economy to 1.7 percent in 2027 due to the reductions in Trump’s budget. A new report shows Medicaid is critical for providing rural children in Washington and across the country access to the care they need to stay healthy.
Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families, says the proposed cuts to Medicaid would have an outsized impact on rural communities, many of which are still struggling economically from the recession.
Besides providing access to medical care, Alker says Medicaid also protects families from medical debt and bankruptcy.
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