News Release

Trump Administration Seeks to Block Grant Medicaid

UnidosUS responds to latest attack on our nation’s health care

January 30, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC— Today, the Trump administration via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance that would allow states to block grant their Medicaid programs. If adopted at the state level, this new policy would lead to coverage loss, weaker protections and lower quality of health care for many participating in the Medicaid program, according to UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza), the nation's largest Latino civil rights and advocacy organization.

“Today’s announcement is yet another chapter in this administration’s history of constant attacks on our nation’s health care system. Whether it is the repeated attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), support behind the current lawsuit to invalidate the ACA, or this radical guidance to block grant Medicaid, this administration is dogged in its efforts to take insurance away from millions of Americans, including Latinos,” said Steven Lopez, Director of Health Policy at UnidosUS.

More than 70 million Americans, including at least 18 million Latinos, are currently enrolled in Medicaid. Under the ACA’s Medicaid expansion, around three million Latinos gained insurance. The potential loss in coverage is a matter of life and death, as recent research found that state decisions to not expand Medicaid resulted in the premature loss of 15,000 lives.

“We must hold this administration accountable. As we look to Congress to exercise its oversight, we also have the power of our voice and vote to ensure we protect and strengthen health care for our community and our nation,” Lopez said.

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels. For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our country stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Michael Krumholtz
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