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6.3M People With Preexisting Conditions Could Face Higher Premiums Under GOP Health Plan

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Republicans say the provision would not affect many people because insurers could only charge patients more if their coverage lapsed for 63 consecutive days. It turns out that’s not as rare as it may seem. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) refuses to promise he’ll keep the House’s tax cuts in the upper chamber’s bill, the idea of more generous subsidies is in play, and a look at why Maine’s high-risk pool was actually successful while others have failed.

Who’s To Blame For Premium Spikes This Year? Well, There’s Enough To Go Around

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Insurers are still trying to overcome financial difficulties they’ve had under the Affordable Care Act, but uncertainty on the future of the marketplace due to turmoil in Washington, D.C., hasn’t helped either. Meanwhile, even if President Donald Trump follows through on his threats to stop the “insurer bailouts,” it could actually make plans more affordable.

For Medicaid Enrollees In Maine, Concerns Grow About Possible Cuts In Funding

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Families that depend on the federal-state health care program for low-income residents fear that changes championed by congressional Republicans could undermine coverage, especially for people with disabilities and seniors who need long-term care. Also, Illinois officials are preparing to shake up which companies provide managed care services for the state’s Medicaid program.