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High-Performing ACA Navigators Mystified By Deep Cuts Less Than Year After Being Touted As ‘Superstars’

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“We have yet to receive any explanation of the cut. We have met or exceeded every one of our performance metrics. There was never any feedback that gave us any indication that we were not going to receive the same amount,” says Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, the executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks. The Trump administration slashed funding for theses navigators by more than 40 percent nationally, with some places seeing cuts of nearly 90 percent.

More Than 90 Percent Of Those In New Orleans Have Health Insurance

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The data comes from the Census Bureau, which has been looking at income, poverty and health insurance coverage in the United States in 2016. Meanwhile, another study looks at what people are paying for health care costs across the country.

For People Covered By Medicaid Expansion, Health Law Debate In Washington Hits Home

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Many people who gained insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of Medicaid are fearful about suddenly losing that coverage. In other news, the National Association of Medicaid Directors makes clear that its opposition to a Republican plan to replace the ACA was issued as a consensus view of the board and not a unanimous decision by individual state directors, and The New York Times examines how a change in Medicaid compares to efforts to revamp welfare a generation ago.

After Collins Officially Declares Opposition, Passing Health Bill Becomes ‘Nearly Impossible’

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) joins Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) in opposition of Republicans’ last-ditch efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, naming the “dramatic, sweeping cuts” to Medicaid as her top reason to vote no. The Republicans only had two votes to spare, so unless leadership can persuade one of three to change his or her vote, the bill would fail if brought to the floor.

Trump Blasts McCain, Puts Pressure On Wavering Senators

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President Donald Trump is making a push for the Graham-Cassidy bill, focusing on those lawmakers who were on the fence this summer. “Eventually, we’ll win,” the president says.

Friendship With GOP Health Plan’s Drafter Not Enough To Sway McCain

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Some in the party were hopeful that Sen. John McCain’s close friendship with the bill’s author, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), would be enough to persuade the Arizona lawmaker to reverse his health care vote this time around But McCain said he could not “in good conscience” vote for the proposal.