More states are suing the Obama administration over the Medicaid cuts.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court in New Jersey, the states say the federal government’s cutbacks will hurt Medicaid enrollment and lead to higher costs.
“The government’s decisions to limit or eliminate eligibility for Medicaid are a serious and significant blow to the ability of millions of New Jerseyans to afford essential health care, including cancer screenings, and other preventive services,” the states wrote.
“The government is denying millions of eligible individuals access to essential health services and is making it harder for people to access coverage through their state health plans.”
According to the New Jersey lawsuit, the cuts will cause about 4.2 million New Jersey residents to lose their health insurance by 2020.
The states say they’re also concerned that the cuts may affect their ability to cover those who need care, particularly in rural areas where the federal Medicaid program is often funded by the states.
In March, the Trump administration announced a reduction of the federal funding for the Medicaid program for the poor, elderly, and disabled.
In response, states have begun suing to protect the program.
In the latest case, the three states that joined the lawsuit are New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
The governors of all three states have said that they would not support a federal Medicaid expansion, and they’ve also rejected Trump’s proposal to phase out the federal subsidies for the program that have kept Medicaid coverage for millions of Americans.