The Republican tax plan that President Trump signed into law in late December ended the federal government’s enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Starting tax season in 2020, people who were uninsured the previous year will no longer pay penalties on their federal income tax returns.
The Idaho health insurance guidelines put older and sicker residents at a disadvantage.
In late January, the Trump administration quietly announced two alarming new policies that will lead to more discrimination in health care: a change in Medicaid policy made through executive order, and a proposed rule that is open for comment until March 27, 2018.
Nearly 60 million seniors and disabled persons rely on the Medicare program – and only about one-third of them have any coverage for oral health care. The Medicare statute currently excludes coverage for almost all oral health care. As a result, people with Medicare coverage suffer the physical and financial consequences of untreated dental problems.
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ approval of Kentucky’s Medicaid waiver on January 12, 2017, opens a new front in the Trump Administration’s campaign to roll back the gains in coverage and health care achieved under the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid.