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Pelosi Statement on Trump Administration’s Illegal Medicaid Block Grant Scheme

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,
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Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement after the Trump Administration announced its so-called “Healthy Adult Opportunity” guidance, a plan to cap and slash Medicaid through block grants and new limits on treatment:  

“The Trump Administration’s Medicaid block grant guidance is the latest example of President Trump’s obsession with taking away Americans’ health care by any and all means.  After being stopped in the Congress from repealing the health care law and destroying the lifeline of Medicaid, the Trump Administration has decided to ignore the law and steal lifesaving health care from seniors and families anyway. 
 
“The Trump Administration’s plan for states to cap and slash Medicaid will have ruinous consequences for rural hospitals, for families seeking opioid addiction treatment for their loved ones and for middle-class seniors with long-term care needs.  The Trump Administration would invite states to push Medicaid recipients off of lifesaving medicines, impose unaffordable premiums to maintain coverage and leave more vulnerable families exposed to catastrophic medical bills.
 
“At every turn, the Trump Administration is working to undermine protections for people with pre-existing conditions and to steal the promise of affordable, dependable health care.  In the Congress and in the courts, Democrats will fight back against the Trump Administration’s illegal block grant scheme to dismantle the health care of seniors and families.”

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