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Trump Eases Limits On Short-Term Plans That Critics Call ‘Junk Insurance’ In Latest Blow To Health Law

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Short-term policies are intended for people who are between jobs, and are generally cheaper than insurance that meets the law’s requirements. But they offer significantly less protection to consumers. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said people buying these plans could be “one diagnosis away from disaster, discovering they have been paying for coverage that may not cover basic care such as cancer treatment.”

Investigation In Aetna’s Approval Process Expands Into More States

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The inquiry kicked off after statements by a former medical director came to light that he never looked at patients’ records when deciding whether to approve or deny care. Aetna says the comments were taken out of context. Meanwhile, Anthem is changing its emergency room program after it received pushback from providers and lawmakers.

‘People Are Afraid’: Families Who Rely On Safety Net Programs Despair Over Trump’s Budget Proposal

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The plan takes aim at programs like Medicaid that are designed to help struggling Americans. Those who receive benefits are afraid of what the proposed cuts means for them. Meanwhile, House Democrats are asking the HHS Secretary to reject states’ requests to enforce Medicaid work requirements, and Kentucky’s changes to its program will actually cost the state more money than if it didn’t touch it.

As Midterms Inch Closer, Republican Lawmakers Start To Take Softer Stance On Health Law

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Some of those who adamantly opposed any action to shore up the marketplaces have reversed course in a politically charged year. Meanwhile, a new analysis by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services actuaries shows that with the repeal of the individual mandate 37.7 million people will be uninsured by 2026.

Trump Takes Aim At Medicare, Medicaid In $4.4 Trillion Budget Proposal

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From gutting safety net programs to funding the opioid epidemic battle, President Donald Trump’s budget includes a host of health issues. The proposed cuts released Monday are unlikely to come to pass, as Congress controls the purse strings, but the plan is a good blueprint of the administration’s priorities.