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Medicaid expansion, reversed by House, is back on table in Senate

Medicaid expansion, reversed by House, is back on table in Senate

The AHCA plan was a poor attempt to change parts of the ACA and obviously was created to allow the Republicans to say they did something to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Trump's promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act stalled when the GOP's bill died in March without a vote after different factions of the Republican Party couldn't agree on the bill.

Caroline Pearson, a senior vice president for Avalere, told the Miami Herald that caps in federal funding would force Florida to either spend more state money on the program, or ration healthcare for low-income kids and their parents, pregnant women and the disabled.

"There's nothing to compare it to because we don't have health care in this country", he went on.

"It's not a loophole, it's a gaping chest wound", quipped Health Access California consumer advocate Anthony Wright.

"If we get locked in, we won't be able to do what other states are able to do", said Sen.

But the president wasn't talking about health care per se.

Some Senators are talking about maintaining the ACA's Medicaid expansion program, but subjecting it to spending limits, according to The New York Times. Gambling that you won't get hurt or sick is such a bad idea, Obamacare required Americans to get coverage.

Morgan said Virginia legislators have the opportunity to influence whatever legislation might emerge in the Senate, which won't even accept the House bill for consideration until the Congressional Budget Office estimates its costs, benefits, and effects on health insurance coverage. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, the committee's ranking Democrat. She said she's working on legislation to allow some rural residents with no choice in plans to use the DC exchange like members of Congress do.

In a letter I wrote to Congress in January, I said, "You won't find a bigger supporter of a prompt and speedy reform of the ACA than the Insurance Commissioner of North Dakota; however, I also understand the reality Congress is facing".

With Republicans holding only a two-vote majority in the Senate, GOP leaders are faced with writing a bill that can bridge differences between conservatives and moderates in order to win approval.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Bill Cassidy, R-La., have introduced their own health care plan, and they have been prominent voices in the debate, but they were excluded from the health care working group. "The innovation waiver process provides Americans relief from the damage Obamacare continues to inflict on health insurance markets". It is convenient timing that Aetna's exit comes as Trump and the Republicans are pushing the US Senate to advance legislation to "repeal and replace" Obamacare.

Increases such as that probably will be seen in other states as insurers set prices to account for uncertain support from a federal government led by a new president who wants to scrap and replace the law, said Sabrina Corlette, a research professor at Georgetown Health Policy Institute.

Walker responded that "funding mechanisms to enhance reimbursements to their authorized levels have unfortunately been necessary due to states not fully funding the cost of caring for Medicaid patients". The GOP bill also imposes major cuts to Medicaid, and those who would no longer be eligible for the Medicaid expansion that is phased out in the Republican legislation could be susceptible to lapses in coverage.