A doctor who is in charge of treating women with cervical cancer and breast cancer will not be covered by Medicare under the Affordable Care Act, the White House announced Tuesday.
The announcement came as the Department of Health and Human Services announced that Dr. Steven N. Kohn, a family doctor in Rosewood, Ohio, will no longer be covered under Medicare.
The announcement comes as the Trump administration seeks to shift Medicaid payments to insurance companies to help lower health care costs and pay for a new Medicaid expansion, known as the Affordable Medicaid Program.
The new plan would give Medicaid patients who have been diagnosed with cancer and their family members the option to be treated by a private doctor, and Medicaid recipients would get more care under the new Medicaid program, said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Kohn, the president’s personal physician, will be allowed to continue treating women diagnosed with cervical or breast cancer and receive Medicaid reimbursements for that treatment, Burwell said.
“This is a significant victory for patients and their doctors,” Burwell added.
“It will allow patients to get the care they need and keep their health care coverage while they work toward full recovery.”
In addition, Medicaid patients and caregivers who have received Medicaid reimbursement payments will be able to continue receiving that coverage while the new plan takes effect.
The new Medicaid payments are slated to kick in Jan. 1.
The changes do not affect the health insurance that the new program will provide, said Burwell, who is also the White.
“We are grateful to the men and women of Rosewood who are working tirelessly to help their patients with the challenges they face,” Bursell said.
The Trump administration’s health care strategy calls for $1 trillion in new funding for the Medicaid expansion and a 20 percent Medicare cut.
The administration has also proposed slashing Medicaid payments for the uninsured, reducing funding for private insurance, eliminating payments to hospitals and reducing subsidies for insurance plans.
The Medicaid program currently covers more than 16 million people.
In addition to his new role as a doctor, Kohn has been involved in other projects, including teaching the curriculum at Rosewood’s Baldwin Woods School of Medicine.
The Rosewood family of doctors are not the only ones who will no be covered, Burrough said.
A federal court in California, the first in the nation to hold a private company liable for the harm it inflicts on its employees, ordered Rosewood to pay $1.2 million to settle a lawsuit.
The health care cuts announced Tuesday are likely to have an effect on some doctors and clinics, Burrow said.
But her agency has been able to negotiate a “bargaining chip” that would allow the new rules to apply to other private health insurance plans that do not have to comply with the new requirements.
“I’m hopeful that we can continue to build on the momentum and get to a level where there are not as many people in need,” Burrough added.