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Warren’s Numbers Do Add Up, But They Rely On Everything Going Perfectly To Plan

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The Washington Post Fact Checker takes a deep dive into the “Medicare for All” cost analysis offered by experts and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.). Critics continue to focus on the assumptions — such as getting hospitals accepting near-Medicare rates from all patients — that the proposal relies on. If those fall apart, so does the plan.

Trump Rule That Visa-Seekers Must Prove They Can Pay For Health Insurance Temporarily Blocked By Judge

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“Facing a likely risk of being separated from their family members and a delay in obtaining a visa to which family members would otherwise be entitled is irreparable harm,” wrote Judge Michael Simon in U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon of the Trump administration’s policy that would require new immigrants to show proof of health insurance or the means to afford it.

Seasonal Jobs Are Baked Into Fabric Of Montana’s Economy. So What Happens If Medicaid Work Requirements Are Implemented?

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Many jobs that are “quintessential Montana jobs” are seasonal, with income ebbing and flowing throughout the year. But Montana is one of a number of states looking to implement Medicaid work requirements that could ask beneficiaries to report their work hours in a far more regulated way. Medicaid news comes out of North Carolina, Georgia, Texas and Massachusetts, as well.

For Immigrants Trying To Comply With New Trump Policies, Complex Health System, Confusing Directives Muddy Waters

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The Trump administration gave scant detail about how new requirements that immigrants prove they can pay for insurance would be implemented beyond a bullet-point list of the types of plans that would be accepted. This has left many facing a system that is complicated and confusing at the best of times. Other immigration news focuses on conditions at detention facilities and a new acting secretary for DHS.

Warren’s $52T Plan To Pay For ‘Medicare For All’ Leans Heavily On Employer Taxes, Avoids Increase For Middle Class

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released her plan for “Medicare for All” Friday, after facing criticism for not detailing how she would pay for the overhaul to the health system. It would require the federal government to absorb $20.5 trillion in new spending, but Warren says that the middle class will not see “one penny” in tax hikes. She plans to carry over almost all existing health funding from employers and state governments while also levying a variety of new taxes on the rich, corporations and high-earning investors — including doubling her signature wealth tax on billionaires.

Georgia Governor Releases Much-Anticipated Plan To Create ‘More Stability And Predictability’ In Insurance Market

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The proposal Georgia submitted is designed to make coverage less expensive, with more competition among insurers and fewer enrollment snags. Georgia residents could bypass Healthcare.gov and sign up for insurance directly through an insurance provider or broker website. Thirteen states have had this type of 1332 waiver approved by the federal government.

Indiana Becomes Second State In Recent Weeks To Pump The Brakes On Medicaid Work Requirement Plans

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Indiana and Arizona — both with Republican governors — are the first states to voluntarily take step that three other states were forced to take through court orders. Many advocates had been vocal in their warnings that many people would lose coverage if Medicaid work requirements are put into place, but the Trump administration has been allowing states to move in that direction.

Down-Ticket Democrats Fret That Presidential Candidates’ Progressive Health Ideas Will Haunt Their Own Races

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Health care was a winning issue in the 2018 midterms, helping the Democrats re-take the House. But now Democratic candidates fighting for competitive seats worry that, should one of the supporters of Medicare for All be the presidential candidate, they’ll be painted with the same brush as the person at the top of the ticket. Meanwhile, the issue of funding such a single-payer plan continues to dominate the conversation on the election trail.

Health Law Markets Stable As Enrollment Set To Open, But Anticipated Court Decision Could Create Rough Waters Ahead

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All signs point to the marketplaces finding stable footing after the tumultuous first years. Not only have premiums moderated, but more insurers are returning to the marketplace with an eye on profitability. But pending legislation on the constitutionality of the law could throw the markets for a loop once again. Open enrollment kicks off on Friday. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats failed to pass a mostly symbolic proposal that would have blocked Trump administration efforts to chip away at the health law.

Tennessee Governor Says Sharp Public Criticism Of Medicaid Block Grant Proposal Stems From Misinformation

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“There’s been a lot of concern about people getting off the rolls with this or lowering services or taking money away,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said. “That isn’t the intent at all of the block grant proposal. It’s to actually increase services and funding for our TennCare population.” Conservatives have long pushed for states to move toward block grants, but advocates worry people will lose coverage. Medicaid news comes out of Ohio, as well.