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In addition, the vice president-elect said Republicans plan to push legislation to move Medicaid funding to block grants for states to give them more flexibility. Also on Capitol Hill, Democrats are gearing up for a fight on GOP plans to overhaul Medicare, a fact checker questions some Democratic lawmakers’ claims about a veterans group, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell seeks funding for a coal miners’ health program and negotiations break down on a child nutrition standards bill.
Opinion writers offer their takes on how efforts to repeal the health law could impact Medicare and Medicaid, how these policy directions could play out in the Republican caucus and in some red states, and what’s happening in the current Obamacare enrollment period.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has been making the case that changes to Medicare are urgent, but President-elect Donald Trump has said repeatedly he wants to protect the program, not overhaul it. Also, a dispute in Minnesota could keep some Medicare beneficiaries from the Fairview Health Services.
Opinion writers examine the health policy changes that area likely to come.
The vice president-elect says President-elect Donald Trump will stick to his pledge to preserve Medicare and Social Security. On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans are also wary of a fight over Medicare this year, while Democrats say they will not accept GOP proposals to revamp the program.
Opinion writers contemplate what the Trump administration’s pick to lead the Department of Health and Human Services portends in terms of health policy changes and offer cautions.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Paul Ryan dismisses Democrats’ attacks over his vision for overhauling the program as “MediScare politics.”
Meanwhile, McClatchy reports on how Kansas lawmakers agree that Medicare should be changed but they are hesitant about “privatization.”
Seniors who feel they’re being rushed out of the hospital can file an appeal to halt the process but they need to act fast.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation was charged by the health law with exploring payment reforms that could cut health care costs and possibly improve quality. But its future is hinged to whether GOP lawmakers see value in its work.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Seema Verma, a health care consultant, was an architect of Indiana’s expansion of Medicaid, which requires participants to make monthly contributions.
But they won’t be able to block Donald Trump’s pick for Health and Human Services secretary alone — they would need some Republicans to join them. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer thinks that’s within the realm of possibility.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Donald Trump’s choice to head the Department of Health and Human Services, is eager to overhaul the program that the incoming president swore to defend.
The surgeon who is Donald Trump’s nomination for Health and Human Services secretary has a staunchly conservative plan that would largely remove the government from the health care industry.
Seema Verma is a consultant who was Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s health policy advisor when he was governor of Indiana, playing a key role in Medicaid expansion in that state.
Privatizing the Medicare program for the elderly and disabled and turning the Medicaid program for the poor back to the states are long-time goals for Republicans in Congress and the White House.
A study in JAMA finds that a hospital’s rating is heavily influenced by the socio-economic conditions of its community. Also, another study examines how some seniors may not understand the benefits of their Medicare Advantage plans.
Rep. Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon from Georgia, has introduced bills offering a detailed, comprehensive replacement plan in every Congress since 2009. Donald Trump also names consultant Seema Verma to lead the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.