NAACP Joins Fight To Expand Medicaid In N.C.
Medicaid also makes news in Texas, where some lawmakers set a marker for what they want from an expansion while others there decry the program's larger cost.
NAACP Renews Push For Medicaid Expansion
With the Affordable Care Act headed for the U.S. Supreme Court this week, the NAACP and Democratic state lawmakers are renewing calls for North Carolina to accept the law's Medicaid expansion. ... [If the court strikes down the subsidies] it could mean the end of coverage subsidies for around half a million North Carolinians, warned Rep. Rosa Gill, D-Wake, at a news conference Monday morning. "It could be devastating to the Carolinas," Gill said. "Insurance companies, medical professionals and others may lose their financial stability." Yet, Gill and state NAACP President Rev. William Barber say the state should accept the federal Medicaid expansion provided under another section of the ACA. (Leslie, 3/2)
Texas Senate Lays Out Prerequisites For Medicaid Expansion
The Texas Senate on Monday gave the federal government what amounted to an ambitious list of preconditions for any negotiations about expanding Medicaid in the state, demanding President Barack Obama loosen regulations and make recipients here work and pay premiums and missed-appointment fees before any widening of eligibility is considered. In a letter to the White House, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate Republican Caucus said growth in the nearly $30 billion Texas Medicaid program, which is jointly funded by the state and federal governments, is on a "clearly unsustainable" path that is limiting many other needs. (Rosenthal, 3/2)
Dallas Morning News:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, 20 GOP Senators Demand Leeway On Medicaid
For Texas Independence Day on Monday, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and the Senate’s 20 Republicans vented their frustration over Medicaid’s costs and federal requirements. Patrick complained about “overreaching federal mandates” and demanded the leeway to “manage our own Medicaid.” He and the chamber’s Republicans sent President Barack Obama a letter demanding flexibility to revamp Texas’ version of Medicaid, a state-federal health insurance program for the poor, elderly and disabled. (Garrett, 3/2)
And some question why the Obama administration shifted money around to pay for the health law's federal insurance marketplace --
Kaiser Health News:
HHS Shifts Money From Cancer, Global Health To Pay For Health Insurance Exchange
In their latest attack on the Affordable Care Act, House Republicans are questioning why the Obama administration transferred money last year from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to pay for the operation of the federal health insurance marketplace. (Galewitz, 3/3)