Alan Fram, Associated Press Updated 11:53 pm CDT, Thursday, July 19, 2018 WASHINGTON (AP) — Cheered on by a handful of activists, liberal House Democrats announced outside the Capitol that they were forming a caucus to push for "Medicare for All" — shorthand for government-financed health care. At the same time Thursday, Democratic senators were introducing a resolution aimed at putting Republicans on the defensive about Trump administration efforts to undermine former President Barack Obama's health care law. Neither proposal has much chance of going anywhere in the Republican-run House or Senate. But the bigger problem for Democrats is that the two messages — fundamentally reshaping the nation's health care system versus defending Obama's popular law — divide the party as it tries wresting control of Congress in this fall's elections. All Democrats oppose President Donald Trump's repeated efforts to scuttle Obama's Affordable Care Act, and many … [Read more...] about Democrats wrestle with election-year message on health care
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President Donald Trump handed an influential business advocacy group what should have been a historic lobbying victory when he recently rolled out new rules encouraging small businesses to band together to offer health insurance. Trump, who’s touted the expansion of so-called association health plans as a key plank in his strategy to tear down Obamacare, even announced the rules at the 75th anniversary party of the National Federation of Independent Business last month, claiming the group’s members will save “massive amounts of money” and have better care if they join forces to offer coverage to workers.Story Continued Below But the NFIB, which vigorously promoted association health plans for two decades, now says it won’t set one up, describing the new Trump rules as unworkable. And the NFIB isn’t the only one: Several of the nationwide trade groups that cheered Trump’s new insurance rules told POLITICO they’re still trying to figure out … [Read more...] about Trump promised them better, cheaper health care. It’s not happening.
Kentucky Health News Kentucky is in the third week without dental, vision or non-emergency transportation benefits for 460,000 Kentucky adults on Medicaid, and several Democratic lawmakers, health advocates and dentists are continuing to voice their concerns, prompting the state health cabinet to respond via a Facebook video to what officials call "misinformation that is circulating in the media." The 460,000 who lost their benefits are people covered by the state's 2014 expansion of Medicaid, under the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to those who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Under a Medicaid plan that was vacated by a federal judge in Washington, this expansion group was supposed to move to a "My Rewards" program that allowed them to earn dental and vision benefits by participating in certain activities, like self-improvement classes or wellness activities or passing a GED exam. But when the plan was vacated two days before it was to take … [Read more...] about Medicaid dental and vision cuts worry patients and health-care providers; Democrats want answers, restoration of benefits
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Thursday, May 31 2018 10:10 AM full issue More than 300 patient and consumer groups have expressed concerns over the proposed rulemaking, warning the planned changes could destabilize insurance markets, raise premiums for sick Americans and make insurance fraud easier. Meanwhile, the Trump administration is also eyeing changes to accountable care organizations. Los Angeles Times: Trump's New Insurance Rules Are Panned By Nearly Every Healthcare Group That Submitted Formal Comments Politico Pro: Trump Administration Eyes ACO Changes As Providers Push Back On the state level - Politico: New Jersey Becomes Second State To Adopt Individual Health Insurance Mandate Politico: New Mexico Governor Candidate Profited From High-Risk Insurance Plans In other news related to health insurance - The Wall Street Journal: Clean Bill Of Health For Insurance Deals This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy … [Read more...] about Health Care Groups Offer Negative Takes On Trump Insurance Marketplace Rules