President Donald Trump on Thursday said the US Medicaid system would be closed by mid-February after the administration announced a series of major cuts to Medicaid.
Trump’s administration said in a Friday afternoon statement that the cuts to the health care program will begin Jan. 1 and run through March 31, though he did not provide details.
“We are not making any final determinations yet about the program’s future.
In the meantime, the President has directed his administration to close the United States’ Medicaid program as a consequence of the Budget Control Act passed in March.
The program will remain open as part of the United Kingdom’s universal health service (UHS) system,” the statement said.
Trump announced last week that he would seek to cut Medicaid by more than half by 2022 and cut federal spending by $2.8 trillion in that year.
He also said he would replace the Affordable Care Act with a new version that would reduce the cost of health care and cut down on medical errors and fraud.
Trump made his proposal on Twitter on Wednesday.
He said the cuts will cost about $5.3 trillion over 10 years and will affect 2.4 million people in the United State and the District of Columbia.
The cuts will affect more than 1.5 million people across the United Sates, including nearly 700,000 people who are enrolled in Medicaid in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania, according to the White House.
About 2 million people are enrolled under Medicaid in Washington, D.C., according to a report released Wednesday by the American Action Forum, a conservative advocacy group.
About 300,000 of the state’s 1.6 million residents are covered by the program, according a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of federal data.
The reductions in Medicaid spending will affect Medicaid enrollees who currently receive federal funding and who are eligible for Medicaid and are able to find coverage through other programs, including private health insurance and Medicaid expansion, according the White Health Policy Institute.
The White House said in the statement that it is working to determine the extent to which people will be impacted by the cuts, which will be phased in over the next several months.
The reduction in spending will also affect beneficiaries of the program who are unable to find affordable health coverage, the statement read.
The administration announced in late March that it would cut funding for the federal program by about $8.3 billion from the current fiscal year and reduce the amount of federal spending for Medicaid to about $14 billion from its current $16.4 billion level.