NEW DEFINITION OF POVERTY COULD CUT HEALTH BENEFITS FOR MILLIONS

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The Trump administration is putting forth a proposal to change how the federal poverty level is calculated. As a result this could cut healthcare benefits for millions of people according to analysis by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Details: According to the proposal the Office of Management and Budget would use a lower rate of inflation to determine poverty. The result would be the poverty limit would rise more slowly and fewer individuals would qualify for aid.

Behind the numbers: In 10 years, the change would result in:

  • More than 250,000 seniors or people with disabilities either losing their eligibility for Medicare Part D’s low income subsidy program, or receiving less assistance from it.
  • More than 150,000 seniors or people with disabilities losing assistance with their Medicare premiums.
  • More than 300,000 children losing Medicaid and CHIP coverage.
  • More than 250,000 people losing the coverage they gained through the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion.
  • More than 150,000 ACA exchange enrollees losing all or some of their cost-sharing assistance.
  • Tens of thousands of ACA enrollees losing their premium subsidies, and millions receiving smaller subsidies.