As health care issues hit center stage in Washington again, Kaiser Health News reporters hold forth on a number of radio and television shows.
House Republicans’ latest plan to repeal Obamacare would give states flexibility in managing their Medicaid programs, but also some difficult decisions to make.
The cost of insurance could go down for people ages 26 to 29 under the GOP plan. But will they buy it without a mandate?
The prospect of cutbacks has led to agitation and activism in California’s largely agricultural Central Valley, with relatively high poverty rates and a significant number of Trump voters.
Four news organizations read through letters sent by 51 senators and 134 members of the House dealing with the health care debate.
“It’s challenging to see how it would not … jeopardize the entire [Medicaid] program,” a top health official said.
The federal health law made it feasible for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program to expand its efforts and help patients buy marketplace insurance plans to cover drugs and other health care.
Many constituents could lose coverage under the AHCA. Half of California’s Republican-led districts voted against Donald Trump.
The penalty would affect people buying insurance who had a lapse in coverage of more than 63 days over a year. A surcharge of 30 percent would be attached to their premiums for a year.
Advocates for the elderly worry that GOP plans to end Medicaid’s open-ended spending and replace it with per-capita limits could pose a risk for low-income older people who rely on the federal-state program for nursing and other long-term care.