This analysis (8/20/19) from the National Health Law Program addresses a very important question that supporters of any proposal to achieve universal health care, or to set our country on a path to it, need to address:  “What do these proposals mean for the 65 million low-income individuals in this country – essentially one in five – that receive their insurance through Medicaid?

The analysis introduction states: “The answer is a perhaps unsatisfying: ‘It depends.’  Undoubtedly, regardless of the proposal being promoted, we should strive to ensure that all individuals have access to quality health care services. But to the extent universal health care proposals intend to replace Medicaid, drafters need to understand what elements are critical for the populations Medicaid serves, and ensure that those features are both included, and protected in any new legislative proposals.”

Read the full article here.