PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Senate Health Care bill calls for major restructuring of and deep cuts to Medicaid, which provides insurance to low-income pregnant women and single mothers, children, the disabled, and the elderly.
Advocates for seniors are especially concerned.READ MORE: Tax Day Is Monday May 17: Here's Everything You Need To Know About Filing Your 2020 Taxes
“Any cuts to Medicaid would be devastating,” said Holly Lange president of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.
She says the plan calls for a cap on payments to the states.Suspect In Custody Following Police Standoff In North Philadelphia
Since Medicaid is part state and part federal, those cuts would leave a lot of Pennsylvanians in the lurch.
“We have the fourth largest elderly population in the country, and in Philadelphia, we have a very large Medicaid population as well,” she said. “Those elderly who are low-income depend on Medicaid along with their Medicare, to help pay for their health insurance.”
Many have chronic health conditions, says Lange, and regular care allows them live healthy lives.MORE NEWS: New Jersey Forest Fire Service Battling Active Wildfire In Bass River State Forest
“It makes no sense to cut Medicaid so that people cannot afford their insurance, they become sick, and go to the hospital, and that costs more money,” she said.