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GOP Health Reform

September 19, 2017 | Daily News

As the Cassidy-Graham health care bill gains steam, some Republican senators are dismayed that the bipartisan market stabilization effort led by health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Democrat Patty Murray (WA) is being sidelined by the White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) throwing their support behind the Cassidy-Graham ACA repeal effort over the Alexander-Murray bipartisan work.

September 18, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has called a committee hearing on the health care bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) next Monday.

September 18, 2017 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) aims to have a preliminary assessment of whether the Graham-Cassidy health reform legislation meets reconciliation instructions by early next week.

September 18, 2017 | Daily News

The health care bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) got an unexpected boost Monday (Sept. 18) from Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey just as Republican Senate staff and member briefings were set to kick off.

September 15, 2017 | Daily News

The health care bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) “appears to violate” the principles of maintaining coverage for everyone who is covered under current law, preserving access and protecting hospitals that take in a high number of poor people, America’s Essential Hospitals CEO Bruce Siegel said in a statement Friday (Sept. 15).

September 15, 2017 | Daily News

Anthem won’t exit the Virginia counties where the carrier last month announced it wouldn’t offer exchange plans for 2018, which would have left around 60 cities and counties without an option for coverage on the individual market.

September 15, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Republican leadership has asked Congressional Budget Office analysts to quickly score and analyze the health care overhaul bill by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (LA), Lindsey Graham (SC), Dean Heller (NV) and Ron Johnson (WI).

September 15, 2017 | Daily News

GOP Senate leadership in an apparent pivot is pushing the just-released bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Dean Heller (R-NV) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) that pools and then redistributes, via block grants, the federal funding apportioned to states by the Affordable Care Act. All funding would be phased out by 2026 and Medicaid financing would be converted to per-capita caps.

September 14, 2017 | Daily News

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) Thursday (Sept. 14) released an updated score of federal spending on health care over the next decade that assumes subsidies for individual market coverage, including cost-sharing reductions, and the Basic Health Plan, will be $137 billion lower than the earlier estimated.

September 14, 2017 | Daily News

Congressional chatter on the future of the ACA's cost-sharing reduction payments took another shift after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) told President Donald Trump it was in his best interest to fund the CSRs at their White House dinner Wednesday night (Sept. 13).

September 14, 2017 | Daily News

House Ways & Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) said he’d think about holding a hearing on stabilizing the Obamacare markets as requested by Democratic members.

September 13, 2017 | Daily News

Beneficiary advocates and Democrats who just successfully beat back Republicans' ACA repeal and replace effort wasted no time in blasting health reform legislation introduced Wednesday (Sept. 13) by GOP Sens. Bill Cassidy (LA), Lindsay Graham (SC), Dean Heller (NV) and new co-sponsor Ron Johnson (WI), and called on Congress to instead focus on a bipartisan fix.

September 13, 2017 | Daily News

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) unveiled a final Medicare For All bill Wednesday (Sept. 13) that now includes a transition period and appears to eliminate an earlier draft's provision that essentially capitated all costs, showing the tempering effect of Democratic lawmakers on an early July version obtained by Inside Health Policy.

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) called for bipartisanship and a reset of the health care debate as the committee held a hearing on how to bring down insurance costs Tuesday (Sept. 12), with a particular focus on what role a possible overhaul of 1332 waivers might play.

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

As Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and a number of Democratic colleagues prepare to roll out legislation that would require Medicare to cover all Americans, the former executive director of consumer advocacy group Families USA argues that universal health care coverage can be achieved without upending the current system.

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

The number of Americans without health insurance hit a record low in 2016, the final year of the Obama administration, with just under 9 percent of people uninsured, according to data the Census Bureau released Tuesday (Sept 12).

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

Senators on the health committee tried to gauge whether any action on 1332 waivers to make them easier for states to obtain and implement would cause premiums to rise or hurt people with pre-existing conditions during the third individual market stabilization hearing Tuesday (Sept.12).

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

A number of Democratic senators plan to join Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in introducing his Medicare for All legislation Wednesday, but a staff email suggests several key aspects of the bill were being debated as recently as August.

September 12, 2017 | Daily News

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker (R) on Friday (Sept. 8) wrote to HHS Secretary Tom Price and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnunchin asking them to use existing authority to exempt Massachusetts from the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate as the state seeks CMS approval for a new plan that imposes an alternative mandate as part of a bid to get Medicaid costs under control.

September 11, 2017 | Daily News

A summary of the health care plan Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reportedly will release this week follows the Senate GOP’s failed Better Care Reconciliation guidelines even though the authors voiced concern about the BCRA throughout the process.

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