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A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
In California, children in the country illegally could lose some coverage that the state has put in place, and hospitals around the country are concerned about an influx in uncovered patients. Meanwhile, some advocates note that 60 percent of Medicaid spending pays for care for elderly and disabled people.
The HMO blew two deadlines to supply information required by the state to monitor Medi-Cal managed care plans. Kaiser says it is “taking steps” to resolve the problem.
Editorial writers and columnists detail how this push by the Trump administration and the new GOP Congress is moving forward.
An expansion measure has passed the Maine legislature five times but has been vetoed by the governor repeatedly. Also, Georgia lawmakers are considering renewing a fee on hospitals to help cover Medicaid costs, and Bloomberg examines what Medicaid might look like under Republican proposals.
Congressional Republicans are meeting with the president in Philadelphia to discuss plans to dismantle the health law. They’ve set an aggressive timetable, after admitting they’re going to miss the previous one — Jan. 27 — that they set for themselves.
In opinion pages across the country, editorials analyze the directions in play regarding effort to repeal and replace the health law, and how Medicaid could become a tool in GOP efforts to overhaul the health care system and the safety net.
Gov. Charlie Baker is proposing that Massachusetts employers who don’t offer adequate insurance pay a penalty that will help fund the state’s share of Medicaid. Also, Maryland plans to sign up ex-offenders for Medicaid, and a dental provider says it won’t treat nursing home residents in Kansas because of payment problems.
Despite Democrats pressing HHS nominee Tom Price on the future of the health law, Medicare and Medicaid, Price mostly demurred and downplayed the role he will have in such decisions. Ethical questions regarding the Georgia congressman’s stock investments were also raised.
Republican plans to transform Medicaid could help set debate on the role of government and entitlements. Here’s an explanation of how it could work.
Although President Donald Trump agrees with congressional Republicans about giving states much more control of Medicaid, he has also said he wants to continue coverage for the millions who became eligible under the Medicaid expansion sponsored by the federal health law. GOP members of Congress instead want changes to cut spending. News outlets also look at Medicaid changes Iowa put in place and controversies over the Kansas program.
New research finds that the Affordable Care Act — especially the Medicaid expansion — helped about 4 million people with chronic health problems get coverage. Researchers say their findings could help Republicans planning a replacement.
Those who champion the rules say they are about showing respect to human beings, while abortion rights activists say they’re simply imposing more obstacles on women. Meanwhile, the House is planning to squeeze in a vote on federal funding for abortions before Republicans leave for a retreat with the new president.
Kellyanne Conway, an aide to the president, says Donald Trump wants to move toward block grant funding so states have the flexibility to cut waste from their programs. But if Congress decides to take that route, it will have to rule on questions such as what to do about inflation or if drug prices go up and how much each state will receive. Meanwhile, not all Republican governors are happy about possible repeal of the health law.
The federal office that oversees Medicaid says the managed care program in Kansas does not meet federal standards and puts the health and safety of enrollees at risk.
Republican governors meet with members of the Senate Finance Committee to pitch “creative” ideas so that people who gained coverage through the health law’s expansion of Medicaid don’t lose it.
As the new president’s inauguration nears, opinion writers look at how his health plans are shaping up and the Senate confirmation hearing for Rep. Tom Price, who was named by President-elect Donald Trump to head the Department of Health and Human Services.
The governors who decided not to expand under the health law, now see an opportunity in the form of block grants. Meanwhile, governors who did expand will also be giving their two cents to the Finance Committee on Thursday at a round table on the future of health care coverage.
The payments are made to Medicaid managed care plans, which pass them on to doctors, hospitals and clinics that treat a disproportionate share of Medicaid or uninsured patients with complex or costly cases. Federal officials have said the payments are not actuarially sound. Also, Tennessee and North Carolina officials consider future Medicaid policies.
Congress has long tried to defund the organization, and with control over both chambers and the White House, they might succeed. Meanwhile, The Washington Post fact checks Speaker Paul Ryan’s claim that for every Planned Parenthood clinic there are 20 other centers to offer care for women, and hundreds rally in California to oppose threats to the organization.