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Trump’s Plan To Convert Medicaid Into Block Grants Would Saddle Lawmakers With Tough Decisions

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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.

Cities With Higher Lead Levels Than Flint Launch Groundswell Of Activity To Address Problem

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A Reuters report shines a light on the communities that have been affected. Officials there say it was a wake-up call they needed. “This has just laid out that it’s not just a Detroit issue, it’s not just a Baltimore issue,” said Ruth Ann Norton, president of Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, a Baltimore-based nonprofit.

Even Before Trump, Anti-Abortion Movement Has Been Making Huge Gains

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The 334 restrictions passed by states in the past five years account for a third of all restrictions enacted since 1973. Now as Donald Trump is sworn into office, advocates are afraid the women who depend on Planned Parenthood are going to suffer. In other news, a study looks at clinic closures in Texas.

Medicaid Sets Managed Care Rule Blocking Billions In Funding For Safety Net Providers

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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.