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Opinion writers across the country detail some of the key issues, winners and losers that are emerging as Republicans attempt to undo the Affordable Care Act and replace it with the House GOP’s American Health Care Act.
The governor last summer reduced funding for KanCare by $56 million. Also, some Iowa residents with disabilities say the new Medicaid managed care plans are cutting the amount of assistance they get, and an effort by Texas to change Medicaid payment rules helps lower the number of early elective births.
Although the federal government does not require it, state Medicaid programs now cover home health assistance for adults with disabilities. Many of these enrollees are concerned that revamping Medicaid’s funding formula could threaten that aid. Meanwhile, news outlets also look at how the changes would affect Texas and Colorado.
And that creates a tricky political problem for Republicans. In other news on the American Health Care Act, insurers project that premiums could jump by as much as 20 percent in 2018, a look at health savings accounts, the Cadillac tax and more.
Texas has reduced unnecessary early deliveries by 14 percent since refusing to pay doctors who performed C-sections that weren’t medically necessary.
Half-believing he could be free for just one night from covering Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare, writer Phil Galewitz instead experiences eerie close encounters of the senatorial kind.
Opinion writers offer their analysis of the impact that the Congressional Budget Office’s calculations regarding the American Health Care Act are having on the GOP repeal-and-replace effort.
Editorial pages offer a variety of views on the House GOP’s American Health Care Act.
For some editorial and opinion writers, the list of losers appears longer.
Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price is sharply questioned during a televised meeting about Republican plans to cut Medicaid funding. Also in the news are reports about a recent letter Price and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Director Seema Verma sent states about their flexibility on Medicaid procedures, doctor reimbursement issues in Georgia and a long-running controversy in Iowa.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the nation.
Editorials from around the country take a hard look at how the GOP proposal would work within their states.
Opinion writers take aim at comments made by some of the Republican plan’s pitch men while also noting the interests that are staying silent as the debate continues. They also highlight the role of key players and personalities such as Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.
In the aftermath of Congressional Budget Office estimates regarding the number of Americans who would lose health coverage under the American Health Care Act, editorial pages move deeper into the discussion with some scalding critiques of the plan and some defenses of how it could help reduce the nation’s deficit.
Medica says insurers are losing too much money under the agreement. It is not trying to overturn the 2017 contract but is asking the state to rebid 2018.
In other news on the substance abuse crisis, two federal advisory panels take steps that could lead to a ban on Opana, a reformulated opioid billed as crush resistant, making it harder to snort. But instead people are injecting the drug, leading to fatal overdoses and the spread of HIV. And, The New York Times reports that teen drug use is down.
Both sides have touted and also tried to knock analysis by the Congressional Budget Office, depending on whether the projections fit their message.
Defunding Planned Parenthood even for a year would increase Medicaid spending by $21 million in the first year and $77 million by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office projects.
These governors are split on their opinions about the efforts on Capitol Hill. Some fear changes could hurt their state residents and others think the changes don’t go far enough.
“The way I see this going right now, we’re probably going to head to the August recess with Obamacare. And that’s scary,” said one House Republican.