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Republicans supporting the suit filed by attorneys general in a federal court in Texas say they will find other ways to protect consumers with medical problems but they haven’t shown yet how they would do that. News outlets also look at premiums that have been announced for 2019 plans and the administration’s efforts to reshape Medicaid.
The beneficiaries have to log hours through other programs, so officials know that they’re meeting them and simply just not reporting them. Critics warned of this scenario before work requirements were instituted because, according to analysts, one in three Medicaid adults never use a computer or the internet and four in ten do not use email. Medicaid news comes out of Ohio, as well.
Editorial pages focus on these health topics and others.
The advocacy groups suing the Trump administration had previous success blocking Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement in court. In June, Arkansas became the first state where Medicaid work requirements took effect.
Editorial pages examine these and other health insurance issues.
The judge blocked Kentucky’s attempt to add work requirements to its Medicaid program because officials had failed to consider the estimate that it would cause 95,000 low-income people to lose coverage. Now, Trump administration officials say that if they provide a fuller record showing that they considered the evidence that they’ll be able to move forward.
Experts are most worried about the way the rule, which would expand the definition of “public charge,” will affect children’s health. The proposal is set to include: children’s health insurance; Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Plan (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps); Supplemental Nutritional Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC; tax credits for low- to moderate-income families; and housing and transit subsidies.
The Federal government hasn’t approved the transition, but the state expects the waiver to get a green light. Medicaid news comes out of Texas, as well.
The new guidance, which officials say will cut back on the companies’ “abusive behavior,” concerns the rebates that drug makers have to pay back to states when a patient receives one of their medicines. In other pharmaceutical news: the administration is preparing to put action behind its rhetoric on drug pricing; some say Medicare’s new negotiating powers could lead to increased hospitalizations; and more.
A new study looked at legal immigrants’ health spending just as a federal proposal to penalize them for using Medicaid gains steam with Republicans.
Some worry that the spending weight that the subsidies place on the government is not sustainable, but few have any hope for fixes to the system as the law remains a political hot spot.
Editorial pages focus on these and other health issues.
The rule, as drafted, would authorize federal officials to revoke legal-resident status from legal immigrants who accept government assistance currently available to them. Polling shows that Americans think immigrants are responsible for high health care costs, but research shows otherwise. Medicaid news comes out of Arkansas, Iowa and Ohio.
Opinion writers express views on these health topics and others.
Under long-standing federal law, a noncitizen can be denied admission or permanent legal status if immigration authorities determine the person is likely to become a “public charge” — that is, someone reliant on government programs. The Trump administration’s proposal would dramatically expand the criteria used to determine whether someone is likely to become a burden.
New York’s program has a ban on dental implants and limits on replacement dentures that some beneficiaries say is affecting their overall health. Medicaid news comes out of Illinois as well.
Activists are working to get expansion of the program on the ballots for a handful of red states where elected officials have blocked it for years. Medicaid news comes out of Florida, Virginia and Michigan, as well.
Some governors, as well as health officials in the Trump administration, are pushing to allow partial expansion of states’ Medicaid program so that they can control it rather than be subject to ballot initiatives going for full expansion. But several top advisers for the White House aren’t convinced it’s the way to go.
Editorial pages focus on these and other health care cost issues.