US Senate health plan could cost Virginia $1.4 billion over 7 years

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The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services, or DMAS, says the per capita caps in the U.S. Senate's proposed health care bill would cost the Commonwealth's Medicaid program at least $1.4 billion over seven years.

Republicans Jerry Moran of Kansas, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Rob Portman of OH issued statements of opposition soon after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced leadership would postpone the vote until after the July 4 recess.

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Earlier Tuesday, Capito said she is "concerned with the bill in its present form", but she did not say how she would vote.

In a joint statement Tuesday, Capito and Portman said they opposed the bill in part because of concerns they have about the affect its Medicaid policies would have on the opioid epidemics in their states.

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According to a release, the per capita caps affect nearly every population covered by Medicaid and would cost the state program nearly double the $708 million the U.S. House-proposed bill would cost over the same time frame. West Virginia's Democratic Sen. "As drafted, the Senate health care bill is not the right fix for West Virginia, and I can not support it". "If this bill isn't good for Kansas, it isn't good for me", he said. "I recognize that many West Virginians rely on health coverage and access to substance abuse treatment because of my state's decision to expand coverage through Medicaid". "My concerns will need to be addressed going forward".

Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), key moderate senators who were quiet while Sen. "In the days and weeks ahead, I'm committed to continue talking with my colleagues about how we can fix the serious problems in our health care system while protecting Ohio's most vulnerable citizens".

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