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Facebook Live: What’s Happening With The Children’s Health Insurance Program?

KHN Chief Washington Correspondent Julie Rovner and Bruce Lesley, a Capitol Hill veteran who heads First Focus, a bipartisan children’s health advocacy group, break down the current state of play on CHIP reauthorization and other congressional issues.

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KHN’s coverage of children’s health care issues is supported in part by a grant from The Heising-Simons Foundation.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Zombie Repeal-And-Replace Bill Rises Again

Republican efforts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act are back, in a big way. And the “What the Health” podcast is focused on Capitol Hill’s debate on the bill by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.):

  • The impact of shifting billions in federal funding to states.
  • Sizing up the implications for the four wavering Republican senators.
  • The demise of bipartisan attempts to fix Obamacare.
  • And does the measure pass the Jimmy Kimmel test?

The White House and Congressional Republican leaders are lining up behind the Graham-Cassidy bill that in many ways would even more broadly remake the nation’s health system than the proposals that failed to pass in July.

It is still far from certain the Senate can muster the 50 votes necessary before a Sept. 30 budget deadline, which ends their ability to pass such sweeping legislation with a simple majority. But the push is on.

Meanwhile, the unexpected effort to repeal Obamacare has pushed to the backburner two other key health issues with late September deadlines.

Republicans and Democrats at the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee have – for now – abandoned plans for a bipartisan bill to stabilize the individual health insurance market. Health insurers must make final decisions about whether to participate in Affordable Care Act by Sept. 27. And Congress seems likely to let the Children’s Health Insurance Program expire on Sept. 30, at least temporarily.

In this week’s episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, and Margot Sanger-Katz of the New York Times discuss all these issues. Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: Politico’s “Prices’s private-jet travel breaks precedent,” by Dan Diamond and Rachana Pradhan.

Joanne Kenen: HuffPost’s “The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1,” by Mary-Claire King.

Margot Sanger-Katz: Stat News’ “Every time it’s a battle: In excruciating pain, sickle cell patients are shunted aside,” by Sharon Begley.

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Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Health Plans Busting Out All Over

In a busy health week for Congress, Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee agreed on a proposal to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program for five more years, while Republicans and Democrats at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee continued to pursue a joint plan to stabilize the individual health insurance market.

Meanwhile, a growing group of Democrats, led by liberal standard-bearer Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), unveiled a “Medicare for All” single-payer health care bill. But the apparent groundswell of support could overstate what might happen when details come out and people see who wins and loses. And Republicans continue to pursue one last-ditch effort to pass a bill to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act in the Senate under rules that let the bill pass with a simple majority.

In this week’s episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal discuss all these issues. Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists recommend their favorite health stories of the week they think you should read, too.

Julie Rovner: The New York Times’ “How Single-Payer Health Care Could Trip Up Democrats,” by Margot Sanger-Katz.

Joanne Kenen: Reuters’ “Doctors who take pharmaceutical money use Twitter to hype drugs,” by Ronnie Cohen.

Margot Sanger-Katz: Vox’s “Once Obamacare repeal is dead, the GOP has no Plan B,” by Dylan Scott.

Stephanie Armour: Vox’s “Single-payer isn’t the only progressive option on health care,” by Ron Pollack.

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Quiz: How Well Are You Paying Attention?

To strengthen your core knowledge of health care policy, it helps to be a regular reader of Kaiser Health News. Here’s a pop quiz to gauge what you have learned. (After clicking start button, scroll down and right to view full quiz.)

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