Warnock talks healthcare tax subsidies, insulin caps ahead of IRA vote

Sen. Raphael Warnock’s proposal to provide a federal alternative to Medicaid expansion may have stalled, but he is hoping that the Inflation Reduction Act will be able to help Americans not currently eligible for tax breaks on their insurance or for Medicaid.

“We were trying to create a federal look-alike program for Medicaid,” Warnock told the USA Today network. “That’s not what I’m offering in this bill. I’m saying let’s extend the (Affordable Care Act) tax credits to the working poor who are in the coverage gap the same way we’re extending it to others.” 

More:Most get left behind with Georgia Medicaid: 270,000 don’t have insurance, expansions stall

The law as proposed would extend tax credits on healthcare premiums through the Affordable Care Act, but these credits currently are only available to people making more than 100% of the federal poverty line. In most states, people are eligible for Medicaid coverage up to 138% of the poverty line, but in Georgia and 11 other states Medicaid has not been expanded to cover all of those residents. 

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