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States Try To Anticipate What Washington’s Plan May Mean For Their Residents

Governors and state health officials in Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Colorado, Ohio, California, Georgia and Kansas voice concerns about the coverage and cost implications of the House Republican legislation.

Boston Globe: GOP Plan Could Erode Mass. Universal Care Law
The health care bill that squeaked through the US House of Representatives Thursday threatens to blow a hole in the Massachusetts budget and undermine the state’s near-universal access to insurance. That was the assessment of elected officials, health care advocates, policy experts, and industry leaders after the House approved legislation to repeal and replace huge portions of former president Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. (Dayal McCluskey, 5/5)

Boston Globe: Governor Baker ‘Disappointed’ In Health Care Vote
Republican Governor Charlie Baker said Thursday that he’s “disappointed” in the US House vote to replace the Affordable Care Act. In a statement posted to Twitter, Baker said the bill in its current form would harm Massachusetts and urged the Senate to reject it. (Prignano, 5/4)

Chicago Tribune: What Does The GOP Health Care Bill Mean For Illinois Consumers? 
House Republicans clinched a political victory Thursday with a nail-biting vote to pass the much-discussed American Health Care Act — a bill that aims to replace large swaths of Obamacare. What could this mean for you? Much is still unknown about exactly how the bill's provisions would unfold, and whether the Senate will agree to it. But if the bill becomes law, it could affect many Illinois residents, including those who get insurance through their employers, those who buy their own plans and those who are Medicaid recipients. (Schencker, 5/4)

Detroit Free Press: What The House Health Care Bill Means For Michigan
The final tally — 217 to 213 — reflected the deep partisan divide over the future of the nation's health care system. Nevertheless, the initial success of the GOP’s proposal marked an important milestone for House Republican leaders and the Trump administration, who ran for office on a pledge to throw out Obamacare. In the Michigan congressional delegation, the vote split cleanly along party lines: nine Republicans for the bill and five Democrats casting no votes. (Dolan, 5/4)

The Philadelphia Inquirer: Why GOP Health Plan Could Be Especially Tough On N.J., Pa.
New Jersey and Pennsylvania could be among the biggest losers in the Affordable Care Act replacement plan that squeaked through the House on Thursday, policy experts said, and for reasons that have gotten little public attention. One example: Both states devote more of their Medicaid spending to seniors and disabled people combined than almost anyplace else in the country. Care for these groups is especially costly, and the GOP plan would not keep pace with their needs. So the states could be forced to cut benefits or raise taxes to maintain services that many people do not consider optional. (Sapatkin, 5/4)

Denver Post: Governor Hickenlooper Blasts American Health Care Act Approval
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper blasted the U.S. House of Representative’s passage of the American Health Care Act on Thursday, saying that the bill, “threatens to end health insurance coverage for hundreds of thousands of hard working Coloradans.” Hickenlooper’s lieutenant governor, former health care executive Donna Lynne, said the AHCA scrambles the state’s health safety net. “We are going to have to reconstruct a whole new health system because of this,” she said. (Ingold and Frank, 5/4)

Cincinnati Enquirer: Ohio Gov. John Kasich: GOP-Passed Health Bill Falls 'Woefully' Short
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the health care bill passed by House Republicans Thursday "remains woefully short" when it comes to helping vulnerable Ohioans. A Republican who ran for president in 2016, Kasich has been outspoken in his opposition to previous versions of the bill, which would have curtailed the expansion of Medicaid he embraced as governor. (Weiser, 5/4)

Columbus Dispatch: Medicaid Cuts Bad News For Special Education
A health-care bill approved by the U.S. House on Thursday to repeal much of the Affordable Care Act would cost Ohio schools millions in Medicaid funding. Medicaid, the tax-funded health-care program for the poor and disabled, helps schools pay for speech therapy, nursing aides, wheelchairs and other services for students with disabilities. It also reimburses schools for health and wellness care to children in poverty. (Candisky, 5/5)

Georgia Health News: State Control Would Increase If GOP Health Plan Becomes Law
Georgia and other states would have more control over health care  — its rules, spending and benefits — under the bill that passed the U.S. House on Thursday. The revised version of the Republican-backed health bill, approved narrowly in the House, would allow states to get waivers to create insurance regulations much different from the current Affordable Care Act requirements. (Miller, 5/4)

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