House Considers Bill to Scale Back Health Care Reform Medicaid Expansion

House representatives are set to vote on a bill that will scale back the Medicaid expansion set forth in the health care reform law. Experts say scaling back the bill could prevent as many as 1 million middle-income Americans from qualifying for Medicaid coverage.

HIV/AIDS Doctors Raise Concerns over Medicaid Expansion

A new journal paper released at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America revealed that AIDS doctors and researchers are worried that the current successful model of care for AIDS may be threatened by fiscal pressures along with changes that have been brought forth by the health care reform overhaul.

Concerns have been raised that the progress reached in disease treatment in the United States could be threatened with the expansion as it would require public health funding be spread thinner than it already is.

Currently, only half of all patients have access to needed treatment. By requiring that more patients qualify for care under public funding through the health care reform law, fewer patients may have access to the life-saving treatment they need.

House to Vote on Medicaid Legislation This Week

The House of Representatives is already steps ahead of the doctors showing concern for funding issues. Lawmakers are preparing to vote on legislation that has already been introduced, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced on Friday.

The Medicaid expansion, which passed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010, gives subsidies to families who make as much as $88,000 per year. This portion of health care reform is expected to provide millions more with health insurance.

However, some lawmakers are concerned the bill will add too much to the already-excessive national deficit. Last week, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) introduced the Medicaid eligibility bill, which will cut the deficit by about $13 billion over 10 years by reducing the program’s income eligibility.

So far, there is no word on what the income eligibility would be reduced to. The bill will be voted on this week and is expected to pass with bipartisan support.