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Hospitals, medical colleges pan Republican bill

Senate GOP leaders’ plan to cut Medicaid funding continues to rankle many health industry officials, including insurers and providers.

On Thursday, American Hospital Association chief executive Rick Pollack said in a statement that the plan “moves in the opposite direction” in terms of providing health coverage, “particularly for our most vulnerable patients.”

“Medicaid cuts of this magnitude are unsustainable and will increase costs to individuals with private insurance,” Pollack said.

A coalition of 10 insurers wrote Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) warning them that scaling back Medicaid funding could mean many Americans would postpone getting treatment, a warning echoed by the president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, Darrell G. Kirch.

“As the nation’s medical schools and teaching hospitals see every day, people without sufficient coverage often delay getting the care they need,” Kirch warned. “This can turn a manageable condition into a life-threatening and expensive emergency.”

GOP health-care bill: The latest news and reactions

Senate Republicans are set to release a health-care bill that would curtail federal Medicaid funding, repeal taxes on the wealthy and eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood as part of an effort to fulfill a years-long promise to undo Barack Obama’s signature health-care law.

Follow along for the latest updates throughout the day, and check out the current whip count here.

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