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The state is facing a $1.6 billion deficit and dropping the Medicaid expansion could save $256 million over two years. The hospital industry is fighting the proposal and the governor has called it “unacceptable.” News outlets also report on other Medicaid news in Alabama, Mississippi and Michigan.
President Donald Trump signed the extension of the Veterans Choice Act on Wednesday. There won’t be much noticeable change from the action, but a new bill dubbed “Choice 2.0” is slated to be introduced to Congress in the fall.
As deadlines loom for announcing 2018 plans, all eyes are on which insurers will stay in the exchanges. But, with the fate of some key subsidies still up in the air and possibly tied to the spending bill, the future is just as uncertain for the companies themselves.
Editorial writers across the country contemplate different aspects of how Republicans continue to mull repealing and replacing Obamacare and how some states are continuing to consider and act on the Medicaid expansion.
St. Francis Hospital in Topeka is not far from the state capitol where the Republican governor has been a staunch opponent of Medicaid expansion. The owners say they will keep it open for a couple of months, but it’s not clear if another company will come in to take over the beleaguered facility. In other news, a look at how the Trump administration might change Medicaid rules and federal officials announce they will evaluate Montana’s program.
The insurer saw rapid growth in its Medicare business, according to its earnings statement for the first quarter of 2017.
President Donald Trump called on supporters at an event in Wisconsin to urge their representatives to support the GOP’s efforts. Meanwhile, over in Iowa, Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley fields single-payer questions during a town hall, and a pro-Trump group targets a Colorado lawmaker with TV ads in his district.
The “insurer bailouts” have been a Republican target for years, but their future has become even more uncertain after President Donald Trump said he may use them as a bargaining chip to get Democrats to the table to negotiate over health care.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
The state must seek federal approval for the changes. Meanwhile, in Kansas, several hospitals are in financial crisis, and their supporters blame the governor’s refusal to accept Medicaid expansion.
The ads are running during the congressional recess in 12 House districts held by Republicans, some of whom supported the Obamacare repeal bill, others who opposed it and a few who didn’t take a clear stance.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has a 29 percent approval rating following the collapse of his health plan. Meanwhile, other lawmakers are still taking heat at home during their recess town halls.
Rep. Brian Mast, a first-term Republican congressman, defends his party’s push to repeal Obamacare in a meeting with constituents but concedes its health care plan needs more work.
Opinion writers look at the simmering questions about what Republicans should do about health care.
As the state’s expansion model gains national attention, Politico investigates how both sides turned out to be wrong with their predictions. Outlets report on Medicaid news out of Ohio, Kansas and Missouri as well.
Democrats, however, say limiting patients’ ability to litigate removes rights from those harmed by horrific medical mistakes.
The Associated Press looks at how people buying off the exchanges will be affected by the administration’s steps to stabilize the marketplace. Meanwhile, the insurance industry is worried the moves will reduce enrollment and therefore sales.
Due to its sheer size, sparse population and harsh environment, Alaska faces unique circumstances that aren’t really accommodated by the health law. In other news on the Affordable Care Act, new data details the rise in people covered, a CEO of a major hospital system in Chicago talks about the changes he has seen, NPR looks at pre-existing conditions and more stories.
Lawmakers on recess take heat from their constituents for the Republicans’ botched attempts to pass a health care bill.
People who don’t have insurance coverage or get federal assistance to pay their insurance premiums need to take a little extra care when completing their tax forms.