AHCA’s Block Grant Option and EPSDT

AHCA’s Block Grant Option and EPSDT

Executive Summary

In an effort to win passage of the so-called American Health Care Act (AHCA), House Republicans continue to add provisions that would cut health care for the most vulnerable. NHeLP Managing Attorney of the DC Office Mara Youdelman and Legal Director Jane Perkins explain how a block grant in Medicaid would adversely impact low-income children.  “A block grant in Medicaid is untenable for a variety of reasons but AHCA would both limit funding for children’s services and also eliminate EPSDT [Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment]. The result is that millions of children will face significant difficulties in accessing and affording the services they may need to get and stay healthy, succeed in school, and grow up to be productive members of society.”

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