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Maryland could lose billions in federal funding if ACA is repealed

Maryland could lose billions in federal funding if ACA is repealed

The repeal of Obamacare could cost the State of Maryland nearly $2 billion in Medicaid funding for more than 260,000 people, state legislative analysts told lawmakers Thursday.

Hospitals could lose an additional $2.3 billion, the analysts told the House Health and Government Operations Committee. That's federal money they receive for working to keep health care costs down.

The conclusions for the next fiscal year alarmed Democratic lawmakers, advocates, insurers and others. They spoke of a sharp increase in the number of uninsured people in the state, more debt for hospitals and eventually higher premiums for everyone else.

"Our option is leaving people without...

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