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ACA Repeal Would Jeopardize Coverage For More Than 300,000 Native Americans, Alaska Natives

The uninsured rate among Native Americans would climb by 27.4 percent in Kansas and 36.2 percent in Missouri.

KCUR: Report: ACA Repeal Would Send Native American Uninsured Rate Soaring 
The number of Native Americans without health insurance would increase sharply if Republicans in Congress succeed in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report. The report, from the left-leaning Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says that proposed cuts to Medicaid and to the subsidies that reduce out-of-pockets costs for low-income individuals purchasing private insurance in the ACA marketplace would jeopardize the coverage of more than 300,000 Native Americans and Alaska Natives. (McLean, 7/12)

In other news on the effects of possible repeal —

The Washington Post: Republicans’ Obamacare Repeal Bill Would Bar Some Immigrants From Buying Insurance On The Exchanges
Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could be locked out of the health insurance marketplaces if the Senate’s new health-care bill becomes law. Buried among the bill’s provisions that roll back the Medicaid expansion and lower marketplace subsidies is a shift in eligibility requirements. Rather than all legal immigrants being able to receive tax credits and buy coverage in the marketplace like under the Affordable Care Act, the new bill — aside from a few, narrow exceptions — allows only permanent residents and people who immigrated for humanitarian reasons to participate. (Soffen, 7/12)

KQED: Rural Californians Want Price Relief From GOP Health Bill – But Most Won’t Get It
Aaron Albaugh peers out from under the brim of his cowboy hat, surveying the acres of hay fields in front of him. The fourth-generation rancher is raising about 450 cattle this year, in this remote corner of Lassen County. His closest neighbor lives a half mile away. “And that’s my brother,” Albaugh says. “If I want to go see a movie, it’s 70 miles round trip,” he adds. “If I want to go bowling, that’s 100 miles round trip.” Living a half day’s drive from civilization,  you learn to do without, he explains. (Dembosky, 7/12)

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