Many state legislatures are passing the midpoint for 2018 sessions, and trends are emerging in their efforts to tackle health care affordability and coverage. States are also reacting to federal activity around Medicaid and private market coverage including the repeal of the individual mandate. Below are some of the noteworthy state health legislative measures already moving this year.
A new study released by Senior Fellow Stan Dorn and others serves as a reminder that vigorous federal and state action can use the tools created by the ACA to help laid-off workers get health coverage.
Last week, Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray introduced new legislation that represents a constructive, bipartisan step toward strengthening health care. With 24 cosponsors so far, the bill is a bipartisan package of so-called “stabilization" measures to support the individual and small group health insurance marketplaces.
On July 20, CBO scored the Senate’s third version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The third time is not a charm. This iteration of the Senate bill would still gut the core Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion, dramatically increase deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and take away health insurance from 22 million people.
Senate Republicans are on course to fast-track the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bring the Republican health care bill to a vote after the July 4 recess. Now is the time to put all hands on deck to stop this harmful bill!