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President Donald Trump was supposed to have a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act on his desk on Inauguration Day. What happened?
“When something has been committed to and it doesn’t happen and then it doesn’t happen again, I think it’s self-evident it isn’t a good thing,” said Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) who’s retiring rather than seek a third term next year. Meanwhile, the Democrats are going to seize their chance to turn the tables on the Republicans who have been hammering them for years on health care.
Technical glitches with a mandatory credentialing course are, many say, the latest in a series of complications that could make it harder to help people get coverage.
Una nueva generación de drogas podría ayudar a millones a bajar los niveles de colesterol malo. Pero el proceso para lograr una receta y el alto costo para el paciente están limitando su uso.
Editorial writers examine a range of health policy issues that are in play at the federal and state levels.
The Washington Post looks at the steps the Trump administration is taking that will impact enrollment, including shutting down Healthcare.gov for periods of time and slashing funding for ACA navigators.
Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chairman and ranking member of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, resume bipartisan talks that had been shucked to the side as the Graham-Cassidy bill gained traction. But they’re remaining more cautious than Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) in any promises they’re making.
Research published this week by JAMA Cardiology analyzed pharmacy claims data related to a new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Editorial pages continue parsing what happened earlier this week in the Senate when Graham-Cassidy, the most recent GOP repeal-and-replace legislation, failed to garner enough votes for Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to bring it to the floor for a vote.
The legislative process is lagging on renewing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers. Meanwhile, congressional Democrats warn that the GOP tax plan could lead to cuts in Medicare and Medicaid.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump remains optimistic that there will be movement in the next few months. “[In] the meantime, I have that little period of time, I’ll negotiate with the Democrats if we can come up with a fantastic health care bill, that’s okay with me. Good for both parties. Bipartisan,” the president says.
But the final decisions of some insurers hadn’t been disclosed as of Wednesday evening, so there is still a risk that companies might make 11th-hour pullbacks. Meanwhile, Stat offers a guide to the upcoming enrollment season, Democrats call for an investigation into the administration’s decision to shut down healthcare.gov on Sundays for maintenance and more.
Editorial pages highlight these questions and also explore what might be next on the health reform horizon.
Opinion writers analyze the factors that led to another stunning defeat for Republicans’ mission to undo the Affordable Care Act.
The data comes from the Census Bureau, which has been looking at income, poverty and health insurance coverage in the United States in 2016. Meanwhile, another study looks at what people are paying for health care costs across the country.
Today, insurers must decide whether to sign contracts to sell coverage in the Obamacare marketplace next year, but they don’t know whether the federal government will continue to pay subsidies or enforce the health law’s mandates to have insurance. That is forcing some companies to raise rates significantly.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) both oppose pairing the two issues. “Since we have fumbled at least twice now on health care, to include it and make tax reform contingent on us getting across the finish line on health care, I wouldn’t be in favor unless we can keep it on parallel tracks,”Meadows said.
Health groups are also worried this won’t be the last time Republicans try to roll back the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, The New York Times looks at what the failure means for consumers.
A major part of the reason it fell apart at the seams was because of the rush and thus the haphazard process of the trying to shove through the legislation.
Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), chairman of the HELP Committee, says he will resume talks with Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) but that future legislative action will be more limited than the plans they were discussing before the Graham-Cassidy bill gained traction.