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States that expanded eligibility for Medicaid have failed to enroll large numbers of a significant group that stood to benefit: ex-inmates.
Trump and leading Republicans like the idea. Some policymakers and experts say it wasn’t viable in the first place.
Low-income residents in poverty-stricken Clay County worry what will happen to their health care if Gov. Matt Bevin’s ambitions to overhaul the state’s Medicaid program go forward.
Republican efforts to get rid of the federal health law are expected to take some time to work through Congress and leaders have promised to give consumers time to adjust to those changes.
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Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has taken over the Energy and Commerce Committee, a role in which he’ll be required to steer Republicans’ efforts to replace the health law. Meanwhile, incoming Vice President Mike Pence says Donald Trump is getting “very close” to a health care plan, and Republicans look to avoid any YouTube moments that could undermine their messaging for replacement.
At a four-hour hearing, Donald Trump’s nominee for HHS secretary backed away from the incoming president’s promises of insurance for everyone, but set lofty goals for his own replacement plans.
The House speaker’s office called the report “meaningless,” but Democrats seized on the dire numbers to drive home their messaging on saving the health law.
Republican lawmakers have made it one of their top priorities, but stripping federal funding for Planned Parenthood could actually jeopardize their plans to dismantle the health law.
Thousands of Americans rally in cities across the country, demanding the government keep the health law.
As Republicans navigate their way through crafting a replacement plan for the health law, they are going to run into the same question that plagued the Democrats: how to pay for the sickest Americans. Meanwhile, media outlets cover the other issues Republicans face as they tackle the latter part of repeal and replace.
The vote, expected on Friday, follows the Senate’s quick action on the budget blueprint that will allow Republicans to dismantle large parts of the Affordable Care Act.
The Schultzes made too much money for subsidies to help them, but not enough to be able to afford the high cost of health insurance when premiums spiked this year. In other health law news, lobbyists scramble to take advantage of the new landscape as repeal looms, rural hospitals prepare to be hit hard if there’s no replacement in sight, and Tim Kaine wants to rebrand Obamacare.
It’s “going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it — but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.
USA Today reports on the impact rural hospitals have already experienced in states that did not expand Medicaid, and on the expected challenges facilities will face nationwide with future health care changes. The Connecticut Mirror looks at how those anticipated change could also affect the uninsured.
The Democratic Governors Association wrote a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell saying the plan to repeal the health law would mean financial disaster for states. Meanwhile, some Republicans in the House are considering keeping some of the legislation’s taxes in place.
There are about 400,000 more customers than there were at the same point last year, despite the threat of Republicans dismantling the law.
The number of Americans who skipped care because of costs dropped by nearly 20 percent between 2013 and 2015.
Officials announce that 670,000 people signed up for coverage on Thursday, outpacing the previous high of 600,000 from last year.
While many health law advocates are focusing on the millions of people who will be vulnerable to losing coverage if the legislation is dismantled, Republicans say their focus is on making sure people who want insurance can get it — not making sure everyone has it. Meanwhile, Harry Reid warns that people will die if the law is rolled back, and the 27 percent of Americans younger than 65 who have preexisting conditions make their voices heard on social media.
Thursday is the deadline for the first open enrollment period on the federal and most state exchanges.
Before the health law, insurers could deny coverage or charge higher rates based on an individual-plan applicant’s health history. If that were true again today, 52 million Americans have a medical condition that could jeopardize their insurance, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. (KHN is an editorially independent program of the foundation.)
The head of HHS spoke with lawmakers about the chaos that will come from repeal efforts, and urged them to find ways to fight back. Meanwhile, CMS’s acting administrator sings a similar tune in an interview with Chicago Tribune.
If the law is dismantled it could wipe out benefits and protections for millions of Americans with mental illnesses. In other news, advocates launch a campaign to try to save the Affordable Care Act, the acting CMS administrator asks lawmakers to work to fix, rather than scrap the law entirely, and actuaries add their voice to a growing list of those concerned about repeal.
The rest of the details are still murky, though, following a meeting between Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Republican leadership. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have one message: Bring it on. “They don’t know what to do. They’re like the dog that caught the bus,” Sen. Chuck Schumer says.