Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said Wednesday that if a person with a concussion “is not receiving the right care” from their doctor, it’s “a real problem.”
Grassley said the American Health Care Act, the GOP’s attempt to replace the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Medicaid expansion, would make sure people who were diagnosed with a serious concussion were covered by Medicaid, regardless of the severity of the injury.
Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary committee, said that if “you have a serious brain injury or concussion and are not receiving appropriate care, that’s a real problem.
And it’s going to get worse.”
The bill would give the states greater power to choose who gets Medicaid.
Grassley said he wants to make sure “you’re getting the right kind of care” for people with a head injury, adding that he wants the states to make the best decisions possible.
The Hill’s Jonathan Capehart reported Wednesday that Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were in the process of finalizing a plan for a repeal of the ACA.
“We’re doing everything we can to make this happen, and we are working on it,” Pence said Wednesday on ABC’s This Week.
Pence also said the Trump administration would be releasing a draft bill to repeal the ACA by March 3, but it’s unclear if the administration will be able to deliver on the promise.
President Trump said Thursday that the ACA “has gone a little bit wrong” in terms of providing coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.
Trump’s comments come after he announced last month that he was pulling the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.
Republicans in Congress have been pushing the repeal and replacement bill, dubbed the American Healthcare Act, since early May.
Trump’s announcement on Wednesday was a big step toward achieving that goal.
Democrats, however, have slammed the bill for failing to provide a plan to help millions of Americans, particularly older adults and people with disabilities.
At the Senate hearing on the bill on Wednesday, Grassley and other Republicans questioned the administration on whether the American health care act would address the needs of those with serious brain injuries, including people with Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis.
Asked whether people with severe brain injuries would be covered under Medicaid, Grassley replied that the Trump plan did not include that language.
“But if you have a person who has a serious head injury that is not receiving treatment, you have to have a doctor, so you do have to ask,” Grassley said.
Grassley added that the American insurance market is “very complicated” and that he would “have to review it and look at that, and see if I have the answers for the American people.”
Pelosi said Wednesday the American healthcare act will help those who suffer from a concussion.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.
Va.) also asked Grassley about the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, saying it is important that the people who need it get it.
Manchin said the ACA would allow states to decide who is eligible for Medicaid expansion and said states would be able “to create the best marketplace possible for all Americans.”
“There is a real need for this, because people who are on Medicaid can’t be left out,” Manchin said.
“It’s about providing the right level of care for people in need.”