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Industry players who usually don’t work together are bonding over the potential push for a single-payer system, which has become a litmus test among progressive Democrats.
“These policies are substandard, don’t cover essential health benefits, and consumers at a minimum don’t understand [what they’re buying], and at worse are misled,” California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said. Health law news comes out of Tennessee, as well.
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.
Following a recent analysis of the cost of the program, questions arise about how the government would pay for a “Medicare For All” system. But New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) says it’s not an impossibility. The single-payer issue also makes campaign waves in Ohio.
The Associated Press fact checks Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) spin on the report that analyzed the cost of the senator’s “Medicare For All” plan, which is gaining steam in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
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.
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.
The regulators were particularly concerned about aggressive and possibly misleading marketing strategies to sell the plans that are being touted by the Trump administration following a rule extending the duration that the coverage can be sold.
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.
With such short notice for the upcoming year, experts predict consumers will see more changes in insurers’ plans in 2019 rather than an immediate rush to make sweeping changes.
Although the Democratic party is split on whether to champion a progressive idea that could make candidates vulnerable to attack from Republicans, many on the trail are being vocal about their support for “Medicare for All.”
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.
Baltimore, Chicago, Cincinnati and Columbus filed the suit, pointing to President Donald Trump’s own words that he is trying to kill the Affordable Care Act. Legal experts say the cities are unlikely to succeed in their suit.
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.
Republicans were able to sell the plan to their base and Democrats were appeased by the idea of having more people get coverage. Medicaid news comes out of Arizona and Texas as well.
The Trump administration says the regulation would help small businesses and self-employed workers to afford insurance, but the 12 Democratic state attorneys general contend that the plans would undermine patient protections put in place by the health law. Meanwhile, House Democrats are pushing Republicans to agree to protect preexisting conditions coverage.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar criticized the plan only a day after CMS Administrator Seema Verma said that it would become “Medicare For None” if the system were enacted. “Medicare is running out of other people’s money, and those other people happen to be our children,” Azar said. The secretary also spoke about plans for overhauling the Medicare billing structure.
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said a “Medicare-For-All” system would divert attention away from seniors, and warned that people would be giving up complete control of their care to the government. Verma gave the speech in California, where the issue is a hot-button topic in the gubernatorial election.