Press Release

RELEASE — ACHP Response to Trump Administration’s Medicaid Block Grant Proposal

Washington (January 30, 2020) – In response to the Trump Administration’s proposal to allow states to shift some Medicaid program funding to block grants, the following statement can be attributed to Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) President and CEO Ceci Connolly:

“ACHP is disheartened by the Trump Administration’s proposed changes to Medicaid funding. Such an overhaul would reduce a state’s ability to provide health services and severely hamper access to affordable coverage and care for millions of Americans.

“Using block grants would not allow states to weather pressures on spending at the state level or to adequately account for economic and population changes. Current financing provides needed stability and allows states the flexibility to innovate to address the social needs of residents and improve health outcomes in the long run. Further, evidence continues to show the positive impact of Medicaid expansion on the health and wellbeing of millions of Americans.

“ACHP member plans are leaders in delivering integrated value-based care models in the Medicaid program. As a result of possible spending changes, the significant investments by ACHP member plans to improve coordinated care for Medicaid recipients could be lost.”

About ACHP

The Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) represents the nation’s top-performing non-profit health plans to improve affordability and outcomes in the health care system. ACHP member companies are provider-aligned health organizations that provide high-quality coverage and care to tens of millions of Americans. They are leading the industry in practical, proven reforms around primary care delivery, value-based payment and data-driven systems improvement.

ACHP advocates on behalf of its members and a unique approach to health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with health plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions being realized in communities nationwide and rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers. Learn more at the ACHP website and follow us on Twitter for the latest health insights.