Two-Way: Arkansas Advocates For Children & Families On Senate Healthcare Plan

Jun 29, 2017

AACF Health Policy Director Marquita Little.
Credit Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families

The Congressional Budget Office’s scoring on the Senate Republican healthcare plan is out and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families concludes it'll do a great deal of harm to Arkansans. The CBO report finds 22 million people would lose insurance coverage, premiums would go up, and hundreds of millions of dollars in tax cuts would be given to the country’s wealthiest citizens – and that’s among many other changes.

Marquita Little, the Health Policy Director at Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families talks with KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman about its impact on Arkansas. The interview covers: changes to Medicaid, the elimination of Medicaid expansion, the individual marketplace, access to clinics and hospitals for children, and an appeal to Senators Tom Cotton and John Boozman.

The Republican plan is on hold in the Senate with Majority Leader Mitch McConnell unable to rally enough votes. It could be taken up again after the July 4th recess. Neither Senator Cotton or Boozman have stated their position on the bill. Senator Cotton helped draft it with 12 other Republican Senators, all men.

This interview aired June 27th during All Things Considered.