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Republican senators in states that have been hit hard by the crisis were seeking $45 billion over 10 years.
For example, depending on what states elect to do, somebody with cancer might be able to buy insurance but find it doesn’t cover expensive chemotherapy. Media outlets look at different aspects of the Senate’s proposal and how they affect premiums, subsidies and public health funding.
The legislation would provide millions of dollars to insurers to cover the costs of expensive patients and costs incurred by very low-income patients, but the help would be short-lived.
On Thursday, Republican leaders released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their version of repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act.
Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. The Republican repeal of the health law could hasten their demise.
An expert panel renews its guidelines that children and teens be screened for obesity at doctors’ offices and advised to receive treatment.
The survey also found public support for program changes that would place work requirements on beneficiaries and make drug testing a condition of enrollment.
Experts say the loopholes would allow states to bypass some protections for people with preexisting conditions.
The latest Republican plan to revamp the health law reshapes how age and income affect what help consumers get for paying premiums.
Los republicanos en el Senado revelaron un proyecto de ley de salud que transformaría dramáticamente el programa Medicaid, que ayuda a 70 millones de personas de bajos ingresos a tener cobertura de salud.
“Obamacare is dead,’ President Donald Trump said.
The Senate majority leader defended his bill after the details of it were released to lawmakers.
Despite promises to craft their own way to revamp the federal health law, the Senate Republican bill follows the House’s lead in many ways.
Opinion writers across the country offer their thoughts on the Senate Republican health overhaul — both in terms of style and substance — while also examining a variety of health policy issues that are in play as Congress continues to contemplate sweeping changes to the nation’s health care system.
Although Anthem is withdrawing from some marketplaces, other companies are diving in. Media outlets look at the results of Wednesday’s deadline for insurers to submit initial federal applications to offer 2018 marketplace plans.
Health insurers had until Wednesday to declare whether they planned to sell coverage next year on exchanges in most states.
“It would essentially write off a generation,” said Dr. Shawn Ryan, president of BrightView Health, a network of drug treatment clinics in Cincinnati. In other news on the opioid crisis, Missouri becomes the latest state to file suit against drugmaker Purdue Pharma, one in four people on Medicaid received opioids in 2015, and a county reveals its plan to curtail the epidemic.
These parts of the country already have more uninsured and underinsured people per capita than urban areas, and industry officials and community advocates are raising concerns about the future of small, local hospitals if Medicaid funding is reduced.
But they’ve been gathering talking points anyway.
President Donald Trump cajoled and courted reluctant House Republicans to vote “yes” on the bill last month. But those familiar with the process don’t anticipate a repeat of that lobbying with the upper chamber.