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The concerns of Republican governors from states that expanded Medicaid over the GOP proposal to roll back expansion provide an opening for Democrats to put their money where their mouth is when it comes to bipartisanship.
Senators are back from break after facing angry constituents at home, but they only have three weeks before the upcoming August recess to smooth out disagreements over the proposed health care bill.
Patient advocates say that the Senate Republicans’ proposal to change federal funding for Medicaid could lead to more shutdowns of rural facilities, reduced payments to doctors and fewer programs for people with health needs or disabilities.
The Republican plan to replace Obamacare would reduce federal funding for Medicaid, but senators want to keep current funding levels for children who are blind or have other disabilities. Their proposal, however, would not apply to the majority of those kids.
Some opinion writers explore how the debate on Capitol Hill to replace Obamacare might affect traditional health care business.
Commentators focus on the some of the key changes that Republican legislation could have on the federal-state program for low-income Americans.
Media outlets report on news from Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, California, Wisconsin, Florida, Texas and Maryland.
Stat and the Boston Globe investigate brokers that send patients with premium insurance benefits to treatment centers for expensive care. In other news on the opioid crisis, Buffalo, N.Y., pilots the nation’s first drug intervention court. And an Ohio sheriff says his officers will never carry the overdose antidote. News on the national epidemic is also reported from Oregon, Virginia, Minnesota, Maryland and Ohio.
From nursing homes to mental health services to private coverage, the changes proposed by Republicans to Medicaid would have wide-ranging effects.
The Wall Street Journal offers a deep dive on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Meanwhile, he says he’s considering a bipartisan solution if Republicans can’t get enough votes.
With the Better Care Reconciliation Act’s prospects appearing dim, are there next steps? In other news on repeal efforts: what Americans want for health care is murky; a look at how the proposed bill would affect you; subsidies to help pay for coverage; the number of uninsured in the U.S. is climbing; and more.
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s state of West Virginia relies heavily on Medicaid funding and has been hard hit by the opioid epidemic, both issues which would face threats from the Republican health care bill. Other senators over the past few days have spoken about the proposed bill as well. Media outlets offer a look at where they stand.
Insurance executives in Montana are worried that GOP efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could destabilize a market that is working well.
Media outlets report on news from Virginia, Oregon, Missouri, Washington, Minnesota, Illinois, California, North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and New Hampshire.
AnMed Health, a not-for-profit hospital system, agrees to pay $1.3 million to settle a federal lawsuit charging that the facility did not provide required treatment for patients with unstable psychiatric conditions in its emergency departments. Elsewhere, hospital news from Maryland, Texas and New York makes headlines.
Pharmaceutical company Endo will voluntarily pull the painkiller, which is about twice as powerful as OxyContin, based on Food and Drug Administration concerns that the drug was too easy to abuse. Other news on the opioid public health crisis comes out of North Carolina, Tennessee and Pennsylvania.
The insurer says the state owes it nearly $700 million but it hopes an accommodation can be reached.
The premium hikes for the company’s policies will range from more than 25 percent to 55.7 percent. Blue Cross is the only insurer in 96 of Georgia’s 159 counties.
The steps states are taking to change the program could affect millions of people. In other news, the Los Angeles Times offers a detailed look at how much counties that went for Trump rely on Medicaid and CHIP.
On Thursday night, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) did what many Republicans have avoided this recess: face head on his constituents’ tough questions on health care. The concerns he heard are ones that echo across the country, and demonstrate how hard it will be to get the legislation passed.