On The Air With KHN: Senate Republicans Release Health Care Bill

Mary Agnes Carey, a senior correspondent at Kaiser Health News, joined Lisa Desjardins and Hari Sreenivasan of the PBS NewsHour to discuss the legislation released by Senate Republicans Thursday to overhaul the federal health law. [embedded content] Categories: Multimedia, Repeal And Replace Watch, The Health Law

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‘Coverage Gap’ For Poor May End, But Many Will Still Have Trouble Affording Plans

Having long decried the failings of the Affordable Care Act, Senate Republicans are purporting to fix one of its loopholes with their newly unveiled health plan. The so-called coverage gap left more than 2.5 million people living below the poverty line of $11,880 for an individual ineligible for Medicaid or financial assistance to buy insurance …

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Viewpoints: The High Cost Of Insulin; Drug Companies’ Role In The Opioid Epidemic

A selection of opinions on health care from around the country. The Washington Post: Insulin Is Too Expensive For Many Of My Patients. It Doesn’t Have To Be.At age 15, I developed an unquenchable thirst and frequent urination, and lost 20 pounds. I had developed Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease that destroyed my body’s …

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Parsing The Key Issues: Who Wins And Loses; Impact On The Opioid Crisis

Opinion writers focus on certain hot-button issues that are brought to the fore by the Senate Republicans’ health proposal, especially those related to cost and coverage. In the background, there’s also discussion of the current insurance marketplace and how it needs to be fixed. Los Angeles Times: Who Wins And Who Loses In The Senate …

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A Look At The Political Landscape: Who’s Really For Trumpcare?

There are lots of thoughts on how the politics surrounding the current GOP repeal-and-replace plans might play out. Los Angeles Times: Recipe For Disaster: How Not To Cook Up Healthcare ReformIn case anyone was wondering what would happen if a handful of fairly wealthy, well-insured men gathered in a room and quietly tried to reinvent …

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Tough Talk On GOP Plans For Medicaid

After the release of the Senate Republican health plan, opinion writers look at what would become of people who benefited from the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and the proposals to change the program. Slate: The Klondike Kickback: How The Senate Health Care Bill Screws Blue States On Medicaid While Sparing AlaskaOn page 64 of …

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Senate Bill Defenders: Mitch McConnell’s Plan Is An ‘Advance,’ Transformative

In the midst of criticism, some editorial voices offer strong and positive views of the sweeping legislation. USA Today: Mitch McConnell: Replacing Failed ObamacareSeven years ago, Democrats imposed Obamacare on our country. By nearly any measure, it has failed and no amount of 11th hour reality-denying or buck-passing by Democrats is going to change the …

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Negative Perspectives: Searching For The Rationale Behind Senate Republicans’ ‘Unaffordable,’ ‘Unconscionable,’ ‘Jekyll-and-Hyde’ Health Plan

Editorial pages across the nation take a hard-line stance against the GOP’s latest offering in their ongoing effort to repeal and replace the health law. The New York Times: The Senate’s Unaffordable Care ActIt would be a big mistake to call the legislation Senate Republicans released on Thursday a health care bill. It is, plain …

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State Highlights: Calif. Single Payer Proposal In The Spotlight; Neglect Charges At Md. Assisted-Living Home

Media outlets report on news from California, Maryland, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Hampshire, Florida, Minnesota and Georgia. Los Angeles Times: You Asked, We Answered. Here Are Some Of Our Readers’ Questions On California’s Proposed Single-Payer PlanWe had some questions about California’s high-profile bill to establish a single-payer system, in which the state would foot the …

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New Shingles Vaccine May Be Approved With Preferred Rating From Influential Expert Panel

Today’s other public health news covers increased options for mammograms, the connection between the gut and brain, new science on dreams and screening kids for obesity. Stat: U.S. Panel Considers Giving A Nod To New Vaccine, And A Competitor ObjectsIf you want to avoid shingles — a condition that comes with a painful rash — …

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How Can You Avoid Dementia? Experts Say Control Blood Pressure And Stay Active

Other tips include targeted brain-training, but overall a U.S. panel of 17 experts finds few effective strategies for preventing Alzheimer’s and age-related dementia. USA Today: These Few Things May Help Stave Off Dementia, Scientists SayScientists think there may be a few things you can do to keep dementia at bay: train your brain, keep your …

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Trump Executive Order Draft On Drug Prices Would Decrease Regulations, Take Steps To Increase Competition

CQ Roll Call reports that a draft document indicates that the Trump administration leaning toward a roll back of regulations to foster faster drug approvals and promoting competition and new payment models for federal insurance programs. In other pharmaceutical industry news, Mylan shareholders reject the Epi-Pen maker’s executive pay policy but re-elect its board. Roll …

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With Health Plan, GOP Would Drastically Cut Medicaid And Fundamentally Reshape Program

Jun 23 2017 On Thursday, Republican leaders released the Better Care Reconciliation Act, their version of repeal-and-replace legislation for the Affordable Care Act. The New York Times: Senate Health Care Bill Includes Deep Cuts To MedicaidSenate Republicans, who for seven years have promised a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, took a major step on …

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Deep Cuts To Medicaid Put Rural Hospitals In The Crosshairs

For the hundreds of rural U.S. hospitals struggling to stay in business, health policy decisions made in Washington, D.C., this summer could make survival a lot tougher. Since 2010, at least 79 rural hospitals have closed across the country, and nearly 700 more are at risk of closing. These hospitals serve a largely older, poorer …

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All Kids Should Be Screened for Obesity

Earlier this week, an influential group of experts in preventive care affirmed that children age 6 and older should be screened for obesity and referred to intensive treatment when necessary. While the Affordable Care Act requires that nearly all plans cover such treatment, most kids don’t have access to programs featuring exercise, nutrition and counseling, …

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Poll: Most Americans Unaware GOP Plans Would Make Deep Funding Cuts To Medicaid

Congress is moving fast toward repealing the Affordable Care Act, with an eye on revamping Medicaid, the health insurance program for low-income people. But most Americans say the program — which Republicans call a “broken system” — is working well on the national level and within their states. That’s according to a monthly tracking poll …

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Promises Made To Protect Preexisting Conditions Prove Hollow

Senate Republicans praised the Affordable Care Act replacement bill they presented Thursday as preserving coverage for people with cancer, mental illness and other chronic illness. But the legislation may do no such thing, according to health law experts who have read it closely. Built into the bill are loopholes for states to bypass those protections …

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Winners And Losers: 40 Is Old In Senate GOP Health Plan’s Subsidy Structure

People getting subsidies to help buy health insurance would see at least three sharp changes — tied to both age and income — that could dramatically affect how much they pay for coverage if the Senate Republican health plan becomes law. The Senate bill released Thursday would reduce the income thresholds that determine eligibility, change …

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Just One Corn Dog for Me. I’m Dieting.

June 22, 2017 I Was Misinformed By JOYCE WADLER Welcome to Weight Watchers. Today we’re going to talk about summer vacation planning: saying no to those sugar-laden frozen margaritas; pushing away potato salad slathered in real mayonnaise; sticking pins in your tongue if you forgetfully dipped your lobster into butter — or, as we like …

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3 Republican Senators Oppose Measure, One More Than GOP Can Afford To Lose

Jun 22 2017 But it’s unclear if the senators will be amenable to negotiations. CNN: Source: 3 Republican Senators To Oppose Health Care BillAt least three Republican senators are expected to publicly oppose the Senate’s health care proposal Thursday afternoon, a Senate GOP source familiar with their plans told CNN. Republicans can only lose two …

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