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5 ways the ACA replacement bill will impact Medicaid

Last night Republicans revealed their plan to replace the ACA: the American Health Care Act.

How will the replacement bill impact Medicaid?

According to a Medscape report, the bill repeals the ACA's Medicaid expansion. Here are five things to know:

1. The repeal would eliminate the Medicaid expansion and federal dollars that matched the expansion by Dec. 31, 2019. There are 31 states that chose to expand Medicaid under the ACA.

2. States that expanded Medicaid would receive funding for their beneficiaries through 2019. Beneficiaries enrolled in Medicaid would continue to receive the benefit as long as they don't have a break in eligibility for more than a month, according to the report.

3. The bill eliminates open-ended federal contributions to state Medicaid programs. Instead, the federal government would provide funding with a fixed per capita cap.

4. States would have more control over the Medicaid program under the new bill and aren't forced to provide the same essential benefits as private health insurance plans.

5. Projections show the fixed per capita contributions could mean less funding for some states, which would mean the states wouldn't be able to accommodate as many beneficiaries and healthcare providers could see reimbursement cuts.

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