If the new health care bill passes, what will happen to the elderly?

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My mother is currently in a SNF with severe dementia in California. Medi-Cal pays and she pays her share of cost and has 35 dollars a month left over. My question is if the new health care bill passes and it looks like it will. What is going to happen to the elderly? With Medicaid being gutted how are the elderly going to be taken care of. Nursing homes funding from medi cal medicaid will be no more meaning nursing homes that accept Medicaid will be shutting down or take self pay patients only. What will happen to the elderly that are poor that rely on Medicaid for their health care? I see a very bleak future here in America if you are not well off financially. Why is the richest nation in the world turning it's back on the elderly the poor and the disabled?

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Because they can. Remember, he ALONE can fix it. And don't worry, he promises their healthcare plan to be so much better than Obamacare, yet he doesn't even know what's in the bill. It'll be GREAT!!!
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"Possible scenario - with fewer funds, Medicaid enacts much stricter criteria for NH coverage. Parent needs care and only option left is family. The caregiver child, being between 60-65, is now getting hit for 5x the usual rate due to age. This annual premium is now bumped to $16K. With parent needing full time care, caregiver child needs to quit job early. But still has the $16K premium, in addition to usual life expenses."

And the caregiver child will probably also be tasked with investigating which Medicare plan the parent will have for the next year (if Medicare is gutted). Not the Medicare supplement, but the whole shebang!
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Agree with Jeanne; I just don't understand how Congress doesn't get that Universal Health Care is a boon to the economy and not a drag.

Healthy workers are more productive. Having women in the work force has increased productivity and growth. And what is the MOST frustrating for me is that WE DON'T LET PEOPLE DIE IN THE STREETS. We treat them in emergency room, the MOST expensive and least medically sound option of all.

We are all paying for healthcare; we're just not getting our money's worth.
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At the end of her life, my grandmother was placed by my aunt with POA in a Sisters of Charity nursing facility (Medicaid and non-profit funding) in downtown Houston, TX. She lived on a ward with 7 other individuals and had a nightstand and chair as her only furniture. That is the future of Medicaid for the poor elderly and disabled. Perhaps if you find a facility that was built with only single rooms, you will be able to have your own room. But the new facilities being built or renovated will probably be VERY institutional in feel with few amenities. Think of what public schools in deteriorating urban areas look like. Understaffed, few activities unless family or volunteers adopt a nursing home, limited options for medical procedures and limited availability for the "new and improved" drugs that have no generics. Preference given for open Medicaid beds on a priority list by private pay for 1-2 years in advance of Medicaid. Community Waiver programs changed to be multi-user adult day care for 8am - 4pm hours and family responsible for evenings and weekends. Limited respite care availability. And hospitals will be left holding the bill for those who have been funded by Medicaid in the past, which will lead to hospitals closing or limiting their floors. In my city in Texas, at least one hospital closed its maternity labor and delivery rooms because so many "uninsured or underinsured" mothers came to have babies through the ER and never paid a dime outside of what Medicaid could be billed. The hospital literally stabilizes the mother-to-be in labor in the ER because they have to provide care regardless of insurance. BUT hospital then has her transported to the county hospital unless it's life threatening. The biggest color barrier in the USA will not be black, brown, yellow or white - it's GREEN.
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Please don't refer to it as a healthcare bill. It is a tax break for the wealthy.
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Possible scenario - with fewer funds, Medicaid enacts much stricter criteria for NH coverage. Parent needs care and only option left is family. The caregiver child, being between 60-65, is now getting hit for 5x the usual rate due to age. This annual premium is now bumped to $16K. With parent needing full time care, caregiver child needs to quit job early. But still has the $16K premium, in addition to usual life expenses.
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They now may go the repeal and replace route. Or pass nothing and through inaction bankrupt the ACA. Either way a grim future is ahead for Medicaid folks. Trump will sign any bill that comes across his desk so he can claim victory over the evils of obamacare.

Beats me how it's evil to have millions of Americans getting health care insurance that did not have care before.
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Let's hope that any elders who are already living in a nursing home will be "grandfathered", thus they can continue to remain with Medicaid paying the cost, if and when such a health care bill does get passed.

Honestly, with so many in the U.S. Senate not happy campers regarding the new health care bill, I doubt it will pass the Senate. Thus, it will keep going back to the drawing board over and over until there is something that everyone agrees upon.

I know AARP is fighting this current Bill big time, and they are a huge lobbying group for retirees.
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