The Congressional Budget Office released its analysis of the latest version of the American Health Care Act on Wednesday. There is a lot of uncertainty in implementation of the bill and what decisions each state would make so, of course, these are just estimates. But we’ve collected some of the coverage and statements about the CBO score to help our readers make sense of the key points. Continue reading
The future of Medicaid – the health program for low-income adults, children and seniors – is now in the hands of the Senate. The American Health Care Act, as passed by the House, would convert the program from an open-ended one to block grants, providing a fixed amount per recipient, regardless of health costs. The bill also caps future program spending. If the bill passes, Medicaid faces more than $800 billion in cuts over 10 years.
That’s bad news for the 70 million people enrolled in the program, including about 9 million dual eligibles – those covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. These are the most vulnerable, often sickest older adults, who struggle to afford food, medicine, and manage their chronic conditions. Continue reading
While the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to finally “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, the story is far from over. (By the way, this bill actually doesn’t repeal anything.)
The measure got through the House with a 217-213 vote, as all voting Democrats and 20 mostly moderate Republican holdouts voted no.
The bill goes to the Senate, where legislators are already saying changes will be necessary – changes will mean that both houses will need to resolve differences before the bill heads to President Trump’s desk. Continue reading
The New York Times Magazine recently looked at the prolonged fight against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) waged by Heritage Action for America, the political arm of conservative think tank Heritage Foundation, which has helped populate the Trump administration both in and out of health care.
Vice President Mike Pence and Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price are Heritage supporters and have brought in like-minded associates.
We got a last-minute notice about an event tonight (livestream available) at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School that may be of interest to AHCJ members.
Congress seems stuck on ACA alternatives – but what do some of the top academic minds think the next step in national health reform should be? Continue reading