The Republicans have determined how they plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) known as Obamacare.  However, they have yet to determine how they plan to replace Obamacare.  Regardless of the Republican’s ultimate replacement plan, at the heart of the plan is likely to be a Medicaid “block granting” proposal.   Blok grants involve the states getting fixed federal grants that would be based on the state and federal Medicaid spending in that state. The grant would grow slightly each year to account for inflation. However, the inflation adjustments are expected to be less than the medical inflation rate.

Proponents of block grants argue that states themselves are better able to determine how to use federal funds for their own residents.  However, critics of block grants note that block grants could limit access to health care if the funding becomes squeezed.

You can read more about Medicaid block from an excellent article by Kaiser Health News at the below link.

http://khn.org/news/block-grants-medicaid-faq/

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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities.

Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups.

When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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