On the evening of Feb. 6, the U.S. House of Representatives cast a vote of
disapproval of guidance that would fundamentally alter the Medicaid program.
The Medicaid Healthy Adult Opportunity, or block grant, guidance
released one week ago would allow states to shift how they receive federal
funding from a percentage match, wherein the program’s funding adjusts
automatically to account for the number of enrollees and rising health care
costs, to one where funding could be capped. These grants would apply specifically
to the Medicaid expansion population and optional adult populations.
is the primary health insurance for nearly 65 million people, 2 million of whom
have a history of cancer and an estimated 500,000 who gained coverage through
following is a statement from Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer
Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN):
the block grant guidance has the potential to significantly reduce access to
comprehensive health care for low-income cancer patients, survivors, and their
families in states that choose to apply, we commend the House for expressing
shows that those that have access to insurance coverage have better health
outcomes. Increased access to health insurance under Medicaid has helped
increase cancer screening rates and improve health outcomes, and the block
grant guidance risks reversing that important progress.
behalf of cancer patients, survivors and those at risk for being diagnosed, ACS
CAN urges the Administration to rethink this troubling guidance and encourages
states to strengthen their Medicaid programs, rather than seek ways to cut
funding and by extension erect barriers to lifesaving health care.”