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March 16, 2017

Tough choices for states in GOP health overhaul

  • Washington state officials say they would have to come up with $1.5 billion a year starting in 2020 to keep coverage for about 600,000 residents.
    Associated Press

    CHERRY HILL, N.J. — The Republican health care plan means less money for states and gives them a tough choice: Find a pot of cash to make up the difference or let coverage lapse for millions of lower-income Americans.

    Governors and state lawmakers analyzing the Republican plan to replace former President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act fear a return to the past, when those without health coverage used emergency rooms for their medical needs. That uncompensated care was written off by hospitals or billed to the state.

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