The White House announced Wednesday that the bipartisan health care bill it released Tuesday will include an amendment that would slash $2.5 billion from Medicaid over a decade.
The amendment, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) unveiled after the vote on the legislation, would give states more flexibility in how to administer the Medicaid program and cut back on coverage for many Americans with pre-existing conditions.
McConnell also released a detailed plan for what will happen to people with preexisting conditions.
“I want to make it clear that the amendment we are passing today is a compromise between the House and Senate that does not affect the Medicaid expansion in any way,” he said.
The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the health care plan on Thursday.
The legislation passed the House on Wednesday, but the Senate is moving ahead with a vote in the coming days.
Republicans want to cut $800 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the supplemental cash assistance program for low-income Americans.
That money would be used to pay for more Medicaid and other health care coverage.