As the Senate develops its version of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) it should bear this in mind: There is no “glide path” to ending the Medicaid expansion. Ending federal funding for the Medicaid expansion, even with a supposed “phase out,” means millions across the 31 expansion states will start losing coverage. Fast.
Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act—including the American Health Care Act passed by the House—go well beyond repealing the health care law to a wholesale gutting of Medicaid funding, using what is called a “per capita cap” model. All indications are that the Senate Republicans are seriously considering this model, which will lead to enormous cuts to the Medicaid program.
Maryland just became the first state to enact a law that protects consumers from price gouging by prescription drug manufacturers. It allows the state’s attorney general to sue generic drug manufacturers who engage in price gouging and return that money to consumers and others that pay for these drugs or make the drug available at its previous price. This legislation sets an example for states looking to protect their citizens from high drug prices and puts public pressure on federal lawmakers to take action.
Even as healthcare has become a politically charged issue this year, we’ve seen oral health advocates work diligently and some states make progress to improve oral health benefits in their Medicaid programs. This week, with overwhelming bipartisan support, Maryland became the latest state to authorize a dental benefit for adults in its Medicaid program.
On top of Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in the courts.
A legal case, House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that lowers deductibles and other out-of-pocket health care costs for people with modest incomes.
After narrowly passing the House of Representatives, the Republican bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act is now moving to the Senate.
In these early stages of the Senate debate over repealing the Affordable Care Act, it is critical that senators understand that they should not put their constituents’ health care at risk. Now is the time to mobilize your networks and encourage them to reach out to their senators.
The recently finalized “marketplace stabilization” rule will have significant impacts for consumers by making coverage less affordable and making the process of enrolling more difficult. This blog will review the main implications of the rule for the enrollment process and policy, specifically focusing on changes to open enrollment periods, special enrollment periods, and rules for those who have missed premium payments. It will also provide ideas for how to minimize the potential consequences of this rule.
While today’s vote was not entirely unexpected, it does not make it any less devastating. Those who voted for the bill will regret it.
The House of Representatives just passed a bill that will devastate America’s health care system, pulling the rug out from under some of our country’s most vulnerable people – like children and seniors in nursing homes.
We know how the House Republican bill could affect people who get insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace and Medicaid. But what has been overlooked is how the bill, known as the American Health Care Act (AHCA), could affect the coverage people get through their jobs. In other words: The Republican bill could make everybody’s coverage worse.
Reported Upton-Long Amendment Does Virtually Nothing to Address Coverage for People With Pre-Existing Conditions
Families USA analysis finds the Upton-Long proposal to increase funds for high-risk pools would cover only a fraction of America's health care consumers who have pre-existing conditions: As many as 15 million people with pre-existing conditions would be left behind.
House Republicans are weighing a new amendment to the American Health Care Act (AHCA) in their latest attempt to secure the needed votes to bring the bill to the House floor.