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Current CMS Administrator Urges Caution on Healthcare Reform

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Current CMS Administrator Urges Caution on Healthcare Reform

December 8, 2016

On December 7, acting CMS Administrator Andy Slavitt said, in an interview at a leadership symposium, that "there should be no pride of authorship" when it comes to healthcare reform. He said that if improvements can be made to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), they should be made, regardless of whether the idea originates from a Democrat or a Republican. Slavitt notes that the ACA has helped to significantly lower the rate of people that do not have insurance, and has expanded coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

Republicans in Congress have pledged to "repeal and replace" the ACA, although details of the replacement have not been made clear, making many people uneasy at the prospect of losing coverage. Slavitt said that lawmakers should consider four questions for any replacement plan considered: 1) Will the new plan provide coverage for as many people? 2) Does it provide the level of protection under the ACA? 3) Is it affordable? and 4) Is it fiscally responsible?

Slavitt also warned against Republican proposals to convert Medicaid from an open-ended entitlement program to one of block grants, saying that such a move would be "disastrous", and require funding cuts that could harm children, seniors, and people with disabilities.

Source: Modern Healthcare