WASHINGTON–The Senate is in a last ditch effort to repeal and replace Obamacare — and the new bill could affect hundreds of thousands of Arkansans. 

The Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal is seeing support from governor Asa Hutchinson and both Arkansas senators.

For Arkansans, it could mean spending more money on things like having a baby to cancer screenings.

Those favoring the bill say it will lower the national debt.

Kati McFarland, who lives with Elhers-Danlos Syndrome said,”the main emotion when I think about this last push for Obamacare repeal is just terror.” 

The Graham-Cassidy bill is the newest effort to repeal and replace the affordable care act.

It would re-direct federal dollars to individual states — allowing each to develop its own healthcare system.

“The Graham-Cassidy bill is awful for Arkansas,” said  Rep. Greg Leding, (D)-District 86.

But Rep. Charlie Collins, (R)- District 84 said, “this is a much better effort than the prior efforts.” 

Kati McFarland says the affordable care act is what’s kept her alive.

“Without it, I’m a college student. I’m disabled…I don’t have the money to pay for things out of pocket.”

Reports show more than half of Arkansas adults using Medicaid are women.

That coverage pays for 60% percent of pregnancies in the state. 

“I think people should be able to build their families and have children. And not have it break them financially,” said McFarland. 

With the proposed bill — state Rep Greg Leding says women will be the ones paying a hefty price.

“If this bill would be law, it would just do a lot of damage to Arkansas, and the people who count on Medicaid and the ArkansasWorks program. The out of pocket costs are going to be from $15-$30,000 or more.” 

State Rep Charlie Collins says it’s still too early to know the exact cost new mothers would face. He believes this bill will help get the nation out of debt.

 “States will have the flexibility to tailor to their needs.” 

A decision will be made in a matter of days. Meanwhile — McFarland believes her fight is about her condition and her rights as a woman. 

“We can’t take our healthcare as women, as Americans, for granted,” said McFarland. “We have to stand up, we have to fight.” 

The Senate is expected to vote on the bill sometime next week before September 30th.30th.