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Getting Patients To Have Skin In The Game Is An Economist’s Dream, But It’s Also A Political Risk

KHN Morning Briefing

Although experts believe high costs are being driven by the high prices of medical services in the country, Republicans are instead focusing on getting Americans to pay more for their own coverage. It’s a political risk that could backfire on them. In other news, The Washington Post fact checks Rep. Marsha Blackburn’s health law claim, pre-existing conditions continue to be a sticky issue, a look at how one CEO managed to not lose big under the Affordable Care Act, and more.

Medicaid Expansion Drives Wedge Between GOP Governors

KHN Morning Briefing

“We need to find a formula that’s fair for everyone. Maybe that’s going to be an impossibility, but we need to get as close to fairness as we can and give flexibility to the respective states,” Republican Gov. Gary Herbert of Utah says of the issue that dominated the National Governors’ Association’s winter meeting.

With ACA’s Future Uncertain, Calif. And Vermont Consider New Models For Health Care

KHN Morning Briefing

California officials are looking at moving to a “single-payer” health system if Republicans gut the federal health law, but they face big challenges. Yet across the country, tiny Vermont is embarking on an experiment, blessed by the federal government, to change how health care is paid for. Also in the news, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says his state may have a model that could be used if the federal law is repealed.

Kasich Takes Pitch To Save Medicaid Expansion To White House

KHN Morning Briefing

“I’m on a plane and he’s the pilot,” Ohio Gov. John Kasich said. “And you know the fact is, I want the pilot to be successful. But you know what? Every once and a while … you need to yell into the cockpit.”

After Governors’ Meeting, The Big Question Remains: What To Do With Medicaid?

KHN Morning Briefing

The state leaders gathered for the National Governors Association winter meeting but were stymied over the problem of how to handle Medicaid. They want to make sure a repeal of the health law doesn’t penalize states that took billions of dollars in federal funds to expand the program.

‘Unique Threat Of Fentanyl’ Has Lawmakers Seeking Answers From Nation’s Drug Czar

KHN Morning Briefing

The powerful opioid is responsible for nearly 20 percent of fatal overdoses, and lawmakers want assurance that the federal government recognizes the lethal threat. In other news on the crisis, researchers try to understand why there are so many relapses when it comes to opioid addiction, Virginia’s governor takes steps to address the problem, lawmakers ask for an investigation into a rash of overdoses at Connecticut “sober homes” and hundreds rally to support preserving substance abuse treatment.