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Opinion writers offer their thoughts on how the current Affordable Care Act replacement debate impacts Medicaid and how governors should proceed in pursuing Medicaid waivers as well as current Medicare funding issues.
While some states are stripping Planned Parenthood of funds, others are passing laws to protect contraception for women. Outlets report on other women’s health news out of Kentucky, Texas, Tennessee, Georgia and Texas.
The Hill and KHN look at the steps the administration can take to undermine the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, a group of Democrats wants to investigate the Department of Health and Human Service’s efforts to push out anti-Obamacare messaging.
Among the groups worried about future Medicaid payments are rural hospitals and schools with large numbers of students with special needs. Meanwhile, the friction among Kansas Republicans’ priorities mirrors what’s developing on the national scene, and Hawaii’s Democratic congressional delegation seeks Medicaid help for other Pacific Islanders.
“It’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” said Senate GOP Conference chairman John Thune (R-S.D.). Media outlets also look at where other lawmakers stand on the issue.
Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough says Republicans would need 60 votes to maintain abortion-related provisions in their legislation, in addition to others, because they don’t relate to the budget.
The $45 billion for opioid treatment in the Senate bill sounds like a lot of money, but an advocate estimates it would provide $1,000 to $2,000 per year for each person in Pennsylvania who might need treatment. Meanwhile, one year of methadone treatment for opioid addiction costs about $4,700 per year,
The parliamentarian finds that provisions of the bill cannot go forward with a simple majority vote.
Opinion writers examine Medicaid’s role in the current effort to replace the health law as well as ideas about controlling the program’s costs, ethical issues related to spending down assets to qualify for it and other provocative topics.
Editorial pages offer tough takes on the Trump administration’s executive maneuvers to render the Affordable Care Act powerless, the Republican’s plans to replace it and how this particular legislative fight shows Washington “at its worst.”
Verma is the new head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and a close ally of Vice President Mike Pence after helping him revamp Indiana’s Medicaid program. She is frequently on Capitol Hill to meet with wavering lawmakers. News outlets also look at Medicaid provisions in the Senate legislation and the effects on states.
Leadership is pushing for a vote on some form of health care legislation next Tuesday. Meanwhile, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was just diagnosed with brain cancer, tells his sparring partners on the Hill that he won’t be gone for long.
Confusion reigns supreme on Capitol Hill as leadership continues to push for a vote next week.
As Senate Republicans continue to revise its health care legislative drafts to try to reach 50 votes, the Congressional Budget Act estimates the impact of those changes.
Opinion writers examine how repealing Obamacare would play out in their states and towns.
Editorial writers offer a range of views on how the push to replace the Affordable Care Act reached its current state of collapse and what it means going forward.
The House Budget Committee voted for a plan that would slash $5.4 trillion over the coming decade, including almost $500 billion from Medicare and $1.5 trillion from Medicaid.
Officials are working up a plan that would offer states even more flexibility for running the program and as much as $200 billion more in funding as part of the bill to replace the federal health law.
President Donald Trump held a lunch for the senators after their proposed legislation fell apart in an effort to get them to find a way forward on health care.
But the legislation would still decrease deficits by $473 billion over 10 years because of the spending reductions, the Congressional Budget Office projects.