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Americans are fed up with rising health care costs and are ready to vote about it. But candidates pushing for a massive overhaul may alienate some voters who are happy with their insurance. It’s going to be a fine line to walk for the 2020 candidates. Meanwhile, The Washington Post Fact Checker looks at potential “Medicare for All” savings.
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“We are taking a step back and evaluating where things stand,” said state Sen. Matt Lesser, a Democrat who led the proposal. He said many of the complaints from the insurance industry revolved around displeasure with competing with the government for customers. Meanwhile, California lawmakers move ahead with plans to expand coverage for undocumented immigrants in the state.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom didn’t include the tax, which helps offset the state’s Medicaid costs, in his budget because it requires approval from the Trump administration. Lawmakers were more optimistic, pointing out that the federal government has already approved a similar tax in Michigan. The tax is unusual because many managed care organizations want to keep paying it. The money they send to the state is used to draw down federal cash that’s sent back to them for providing coverage to Medicaid recipients. Other Medicaid news comes out of Texas and North Carolina, as well.
Editorial pages focus on these and other health care topics.
The Trump administration has sought to impose tougher requirements on legal immigrants using public assistance programs, a move that advocates say will have a chilling factor on vulnerable migrants — and potentially their sponsors — who would otherwise seek health care and food aid.
Under the legislation, the state would form an advisory committee with experts, consumer advocates and state officials, and the group to develop network criteria and provider reimbursement rates to guarantee a 20% premium savings compared to plan rates in 2020. Washington state passed a similar proposal earlier this month, and several other states are considering public options.
A new study by the Urban Institute found that 13.7% of adults in immigrant families say they did not participate in public benefit programs because they feared losing their legal status.
For the next congressional hearing on single-payer plans, the House Budget Committee has only summoned CBO analysts to testify.
U.S. District Judge Richard Leon said during Tuesday’s hearing that he hopes to make a decision “hopefully this summer” about whether to require a full trial but would not give an exact date.
California lawmakers want to expand coverage to everyone in the state, regardless of immigration status, but Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) says that expanding Medi-Cal to all adults over 25, who typically have higher health care costs than the young, could be financially unsustainable. The disagreement between the governor and Assembly members from his party is a rare one.
The “Medicare for All” plans being touted by progressive lawmakers and 2020 presidential candidates include benefits, such as no copays and long-term care coverage, that surpass those of other countries with universal health care. Experts say it raises questions about how realistic the legislation is, but others say they are needed to sway Americans who are happy with their insurance coverage.
Progressive Democratic lawmakers and candidates are pushing hard for a massive overhaul of the country’s health system, but they’re walking a delicate line with some voters in their own party who want to see “baby step” improvements instead.
As Vice President Mike Pence’s policy work flies mostly under the radar, he has developed his own sphere of influence at the Department of Health and Human Services.
Editorials and columns delve into issues on health costs, insurance, opioids, birth rates and more.
Even sponsors of the legislation acknowledge the state plans may save consumers only 5-10% on their premiums. Other news on insurance markets in the states comes from North Carolina, Georgia and Houston.
Most of the bill focuses on reversing steps — largely backed by GOP lawmakers — taken by President Donald Trump to weaken the health law. But the measure also includes language on curbing high drug costs. That put Republicans in the position of voting “no” on a hot-button topic that is at the top of voters’ minds. The legislation is unlikely to make it through the Republican-controlled Senate.
A new report documents 26 instances in which information related to the Affordable Care Act was substantially altered or removed from federal websites. Some of the changes were subtle. Others, including the disappearance of an 85-page site devoted to the ACA, were sweeping.
Politico looks at some unresolved issues Washington officials will have to confront in the months ahead. Meanwhile, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is trying to drum up support for his ideas to shore up the health law marketplace in his state.