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Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired Sept. 30. Many states still have money in their budgets, but they’ll be worried until Congress renews the program.
El tratamiento con una droga aprobada por la Administración de Drogas y Alimentos cuesta menos y cura la hepatitis C en alrededor de dos meses. Pacientes vulnerables tendrían más acceso a esta terapia.
If the wording for the referendum passes muster, the supporters must still hold public hearings and gather 113,000 signatures to put the measure before the voters.
Although Congress missed a deadline to renew funding for the popular program that provides health care for children, money won’t run out for the states until the end of the year. Officials, however, are already concerned about the impact the uncertainty of it all will have.
Only smaller facilities qualify for Medicaid payments under a 1965 law that was intended to break up large, state-run mental asylums, but state attorneys general are asking Congress, in the midst of a crisis, to expand that. In other news, the National Institutes of Health, noting a lack of evidence on the issue, will begin to study opioids’ effects on babies.
The drug, sold under the name Mavyret, can cure all six genetic types of the liver disease in eight weeks at a cost of $26,400, well below other options.
Opinion writers detail the prospects for bipartisanship to offer “a more productive path” for Congress to find a way to preserve what’s working in the Affordable Care Act and to adjust the trouble spots. But others note the steps quietly being taken to undermine the ACA.
Montana officials say the state saved more than $30 million since the expansion program began in 2016. Arkansas reports that the program was much larger than officials expected but the state’s share of the costs was less than they budgeted for. Meanwhile, New Hampshire lawmakers are preparing for a debate next year on whether to keep the expansion, and some Medicaid enrollees in California are frustrated by the few doctors who accept Medicaid payments.
Efforts to renew the funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which provides coverage to 9 million kids, is expected to begin soon in the House.
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.
Editorial writers examine a range of health policy issues that are in play at the federal and state levels.
Health care providers say such a change could leave them with large uncompensated costs. In other news, The Washington Post Fact Checker looks at the claim that President Bill Clinton promoted capping the per person growth of Medicaid and Tennessee Democrats push again for a Medicaid expansion.
Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s decision came as a surprise to some, but he says, “No woman should be forced to make a different decision than another woman would based purely on her income.”
Funding for the programs expires Sunday, but the legislative efforts to renew spending for them were stymied during the recent Senate debate on a GOP plan to replace the health law.
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 state, facing a budget crunch on the program, is asking to move childless, non-disabled adults with incomes above the federal poverty level into insurance plans on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace. In other news, Montana officials say the Medicaid expansion is saving some correction department expenses, and Kansas finalizes a new system for Medicaid enrollment.
The investigation signals that congressional Republicans may turn from efforts to repeal the health law and seek other ways to corral health spending. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) says he wants to know if states got Medicaid funding by wrongly signing up people as expansion enrollees.
Medicaid covers about two-thirds of nursing home residents, but it pays less than other types of insurance.
Editorial pages highlight these questions and also explore what might be next on the health reform horizon.