President Donald Trump has promised to address women’s health issues, including breast cancer, and he’s proposing to roll back some of the ACA’s requirements.
His proposal to expand Medicaid coverage to about half the population of the U.S. could have a significant impact on the lives of low-income women and children, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation.
It also could leave women and their families with less control over the healthcare system and less financial security, the foundation said in a report.
The plan will likely impact millions of Americans, including women and families who are disproportionately represented in the low-wage workforce, the report said.
“Women’s health is an important issue that needs to be addressed.
The Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) requirement to cover at least half the uninsured, expand Medicaid eligibility, and reduce premium costs for low- and moderate-income Americans are key components to making health coverage affordable for millions of women and men,” said Kaiser’s director of health policy and research, David Cutler.
“The ACA is a critical driver of women’s economic empowerment, and women’s access to care has been a cornerstone of the Affordable Care Action plan.”
Under the Trump administration, the U,S.
Department of Health and Human Services has been working to roll out an expanded Medicaid program.
In March, the Trump Administration announced that it would increase funding for the program from $1.8 billion to $2.1 billion over five years.
The proposal is one of the administration’s key priorities in crafting its health care overhaul, which is expected to cover more than 23 million people, according the Kaiser report.
This year, the ACA expanded coverage to 4 million people.
The Trump administration has also said it will expand access to prescription drug coverage, dental coverage, and emergency and maternity care, among other things.
“This is a massive expansion of the Medicaid program,” said Sarah Pendergast, a senior fellow at the Kaiser Foundation.
“We’re talking about nearly a million people going to Medicaid in the next five years.”
Women and girls disproportionately bear the brunt of the cost of care, the study found.
The ACA requires women and people of color to pay more for health care than other Americans, and they pay more than other men and women.
“These changes will not only impact women, they will impact low- to middle-income families,” Penderbast said.
Low-income children who live in poverty are most at risk for coverage cuts under the Trump plan, the group said.
They would also face increased health care costs, the Kaiser study said.
For example, a child under 18 with one parent who is a single parent would be required to pay $7,500 more for their premiums than a child with a married parent, according it.
This means that a child born in 2016 and aged 18 or younger would pay $9,000 more in premiums than an equivalent child of the same age in 2020.
Pendergs report also noted that the cost for people in high-income households will be higher because they have access to health insurance plans.
For instance, a single person earning $250,000 a year would pay an average of $12,200 more for premiums in 2020 than the same income group who earns $250 million a year, she said.
A single person with a spouse earning $200,000 would pay only $7 more than the single person without a spouse.
Low pay and high health care expenses are factors behind the rising cost of health care, Pendergal said.
It is unclear how the Trump proposal will affect low-paying workers, who are most likely to experience an increase in their insurance premiums.
Low paid workers will pay more under the plan than they would under a Republican-led plan, and these people will also pay more because they will have higher premiums and also have less flexibility to choose health care plans, she added.
“People will have less control when it comes to deciding what health insurance plan they want to use,” Penders report said, adding that there are concerns that the Trump health care plan will create a “frozen” market for people.
It’s not just the ACA, either.
Trump’s budget also calls for ending tax credits that have been provided to help low-earning Americans pay for their healthcare expenses, and increasing the cost-sharing requirements for insurance plans to make them more affordable.
The cost-shifting mandate could make health insurance more expensive for many low-skilled workers, according Penderga.
The new administration has yet to release its full plan to replace the ACA.
But Trump has said that he is considering cutting Medicaid funding and will use the savings to fund a new health care program for the poor, according a White House official.
The administration has said it is “committed to helping the most vulnerable Americans,” but this year, there were a number of reports of low income Americans being denied coverage under the ACA because of a lack of funds to pay their premiums.