Projected federal spending on Medicaid for the 10-year period 2012 to 2021 would fall by $1.4 trillion, a 34 percent decline. By 2021, states would receive $243 billion less annually in federal Medicaid money than they would under current law, a 44 percent reduction. #

Much of the decrease would come from the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which would cause a more than 27 percent drop in federal spending on Florida’s Medicaid program. Florida would be disproportionately affected because of its high number of uninsured and its low eligibility levels for Medicaid, which would have to be raised under the new law. #

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