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Plans To Change Medicaid Unsettle Ky. Enrollees, Raise Fears For Conn. Ex-Prisoner Program

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Low-income residents of Kentucky who gained coverage under the expansion of Medicaid are concerned that the governor’s plan for an overhaul could leave them without benefits again. In Connecticut, the Medicaid expansion helped fund services for people when they get out of prison, but that could be threatened by GOP efforts to revamp the health law.

HHS, Lawmakers Weigh Work Requirement For Medicaid, But Many Enrollees Already Have A Job

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Republican legislation to replace the health law could include the provision and Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price has told states he is open to them adding work requirements to their programs. Also in the news: funding for the CHIP program is on the line this year, Florida lawmakers are wrestling with funding for hospitals that have large numbers of uninsured or Medicaid patients and Tufts Health Plan will manage a Medicaid program in Rhode Island.

Eager For A Victory, Trump Hypes Renewed GOP Health Plan; Lawmakers Remain Skeptical

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The deal, which is being hashed out between Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) and Freedom Caucus leader Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), would let states seek waivers on preexisting conditions and to set their own list of essential health benefits. Republican congressional aides, however, are throwing cold water on the optimism coming out of the White House.

Oregon Lawmakers Seeking Budget Cuts Weigh Proposal To End Medicaid Expansion

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The state is facing a $1.6 billion deficit and dropping the Medicaid expansion could save $256 million over two years. The hospital industry is fighting the proposal and the governor has called it “unacceptable.” News outlets also report on other Medicaid news in Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan.

Financially Troubled Kansas Hospital Faces Closure And Cites Lack Of Medicaid Expansion

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St. Francis Hospital in Topeka is not far from the state capitol where the Republican governor has been a staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion. The owners say they will keep it open for a couple of months, but it’s not clear if another company will come in to take over the beleaguered facility. In other news, a look at how the Trump administration might change Medicaid rules and federal officials announce they will evaluate Montana’s program.

Trump Continues To Ring Optimistic Bell Over Republican Health Care Plans

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President Donald Trump called on supporters at an event in Wisconsin to urge their representatives to support the GOP’s efforts. Meanwhile, over in Iowa, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley fields single-payer questions during a town hall, and a pro-Trump group targets a Colorado lawmaker with TV ads in his district.