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Michigan Officials Bring Home A Message About Impact Of Medicaid Cuts

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At a community forum, a diverse group of officials point out how proposals to cut federal funding to Medicaid could play out in Michigan. Also in Medicaid news, Maine voters weigh whether to expand the program there and Indiana hospitals are buying or leasing nursing homes to increase federal funding.

Future Of Bipartisan Health Deal Already Shaky As Trump Reverses Course On Support

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As news of a deal first broke Tuesday, President Donald Trump initially signaled support for the efforts. But after other Republicans panned the measure he seemed to change his mind. And although Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) expressed confidence in their plan, it will be a tough slog for them to get it through both chambers.

Case Of Undocumented Pregnant Girl Part Of Larger Administration Trend To Interfere With Abortions

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For the last seven months, the Health and Human Services Department has intervened to prevent abortions sought by girls at federally funded shelters, even in cases of rape and incest and when the teen had a way to pay for the procedure. In other news, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) says he’ll bring the 20-week abortion ban to the floor, a look at how the administration’s birth control mandate will affect consumers and teens speak up for pregnancy prevention programs.

CMS Letting Plans Adjust Premiums After News That Trump Is Cutting Off Insurer Subsidies

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“Insurers in the vast majority of states on the federal exchange submitted rates for the upcoming plan year assuming that CSR payments would not be made, so no rate adjustment is needed,” said spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley. Meanwhile, Bloomberg takes a look at the history of the health plans President Donald Trump is supporting through his executive order.

When Maine Voters Decide Whether To Expand Medicaid, Other States Will Be Watching

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Health law advocates in Utah are also proposing a referendum on the issue, and the outcome in Maine could influence other states that have put the decision on hold. Meanwhile, in Louisiana, critics of the expansion program point to signs the state budget is in trouble, and a commission in New Hampshire looking at the insurance marketplace there is considering whether the state should move more people with serious medical issues into Medicaid to make the health law’s marketplace plans more stable.