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the steady flow they receive from the government for their health care funds. Any cut or disruption is going to cause effects on not only the state budgets but there could be potential problems for nonprofits that stretch far beyond health care providers. In regards to Moffitt, the Florida Legislature came up with a new funding source known as Low Income Pool (LIP). This new model helps distribute budget resources to provide healthcare for low income Floridians. “Previously, Moffitt Cancer Center received $20 million in LIP funding. The Legislature's final compromise was the formation of a new LIP model that adversely affect most hospitals in the state. Moffitt's reduction for Fiscal Year 15/16 is $1.5 million” (About Moffitt, 2017). When treating Medicaid patients, in order to establish a more consistent and stable reimbursement structure for the cancer center, Moffitt was added to a specialty hospital category as a means of mitigating a portion of this loss. Policy Changes and Impact The Better Care Reconciliation Act could be devastating to cancer survivors and patients. If it is passed it could: 1. “Significantly raise premiums for some people with pre-existing conditions – some plans
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9-1 Final Project 25 offered would not cover needed treatments of people with cancer or survivors but would have lower premiums and fewer services. 2. Re-impose annual and lifetime caps on coverage – if insurance companies re-impose these caps on coverage, cancer patients could exceed them and be forced to pay exorbitant amounts of money for their treatment. 3. Deny cancer patients coverage of essential cancer treatments – could be denied for lifesaving screenings like mammograms and colonoscopies and expensive cancer treatments” (American Cancer Society, 2017). 4. Significantly cut Medicaid funding – could make critical treatment unaffordable for millions and out-of-pocket costs could skyrocket. 5. Prevent cancer patients from signing up for insurance in critical times – due to a lock-out period. If you haven't had insurance for 63 days straight, you would have to wait 6 months before being able to get insurance again. “A gap in coverage due to situations like job loss or a death of a spouse could prevent someone newly diagnosed with cancer from signing up for insurance coverage” (American Cancer Society, 2017). Millions of Americans' lives are touched daily by nonprofits. “They provide for essential human services, advocate for core democratic values and support people, animals, arts and the environment” (Deboskey, 2017). If the governments proposed policy changes do take affect, the changes could have major repercussions. Not only do nonprofits contribute 5.4 percent to our nation's gross domestic product, but they also account for 11.4 million jobs, with 10.3 percent being of all private sector employment.
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