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Monday, 27 March 2017

Senate health committee Chair Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said Congress should still do whatever it can to fix the individual marketplaces despite the House's failure to move its health care bill, especially in states at risk of having few or no health insurance choices for the 2018 policy year.

Friday, 24 March 2017

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), after pulling the American Health Care Act from the floor Friday (March 24), said tools such as reinsurance or high-risk pools will not be as successful without the bill, though there are still things HHS Secretary Tom Price can do to stabilize the market.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Now that the American Health Care Act has failed on the House floor, the big question is what the Affordable Care Act under HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma will look like and whether states that made moves toward expanding Medicaid will now do so, policy analysts and consultants said.

Friday, 24 March 2017

As Republicans prepared to vote on the American Health Care Act, industry groups and other stakeholders increasingly came out against the bill.

Friday, 24 March 2017

After GOP leadership abruptly pulled the American Health Care Act minutes before a scheduled House floor vote Friday, Energy & Commerce Chair Greg Walden (R-OR) told reporters that his committee won't rewrite the bill and will instead move on to tackle issues associated with the exchange market and reauthorization of the Children's Health Insurance Program and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Friday, 24 March 2017

The Democratic whip’s office has counted 37 Republicans confirmed as opposed to the American Health Care Act, an aide told Inside Health Policy, amid speculation on Capitol Hill that today's floor vote could be pulled.

Friday, 24 March 2017

The House will have four hours to debate Republicans’ American Health Care Act after which they’ll vote on it without an opportunity to offer amendments, according to the rule of debate that the House Rules Committee passed Friday morning (March 24).

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Congressional Budget Office says changes to tax and Medicaid provisions in the revised American Health Care Act would bring savings from the original bill down from $337 billion over 10 years to $150 billion over that same time frame, with effects on health insurance coverage and premiums similar to those of the initial bill.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Two lobbies representing Medicaid managed care plans have both come out against the GOP's American Health Care Act over concerns that changes to Medicaid would threaten their ability to cover the most vulnerable Americans.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

The Freedom Caucus met with President Donald Trump at the White House today and left without a deal on the American Health Care Act, an aide to Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Inside Health Policy.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

House Freedom Caucus Chair Mark Meadows (R-NC) said he is negotiating with President Donald Trump on amendments to the House version of the American Health Care Act -- due for votes on the House floor Thursday (March 23) -- that would get him to support the bill, including potentially eliminating the ACA's essential health benefits.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) on Tuesday urged lawmakers in his state to raise concerns about the American Health Care Act's effects on Medicaid. He sent members of his state’s congressional delegation individual letters Tuesday (March 21) that break down the number of each lawmaker’s constituents who rely on traditional Medicaid and Medicaid expansion, and he even separated out the number of children and the blind and disabled.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Despite a last-minute pitch from President Donald Trump, a large chunk of Republicans from both ends of the political spectrum have major concerns about the American Health Care Act a few days away from a House floor vote on the bill.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Industry leaders and policy experts say the various carrots GOP leadership is offering conservatives and moderates through the changes to the American Health Care Bill -- including a provision that mandates New York state change its Medicaid financing structure and one that bans states that have not already expanded Medicaid from doing so -- will cause more disruption to Medicaid markets than would the original bill.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Some national provider groups, including those most affected by Medicaid cuts, have yet to oppose Republicans’ American Health Care Act, despite the Congressional Budget Office’s estimates of major Medicaid coverage losses and despite many prominent doctor and hospital trade organizations coming out against the bill.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said he expects the American Health Care Act will be taken up next week in the upper chamber.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

After a managers amendment and a visit from President Donald Trump and HHS Secretary Tom Price, some moderate Republicans have decided to support the American Health Care Act.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) said the deal given to New York Republicans to garner their votes for the American Health Care Act will not lead to the back-room deals that Republicans often complained about during the Obamacare wheeling and dealing that resulted in the so-called cornhusker kickback, which didn’t make it into the law, the bay state boondoggle and Louisiana purchase.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

States will need to lean on private Medicaid insurers under the per-capita caps proposed in the GOP’s American Health Care Act, but the plans may lose money under the new financing model and have to walk away from their Medicaid contracts with states, Standard & Poor’s ratings analysts say.

Monday, 20 March 2017

Four GOP governors whose states expanded Medicaid said the health bill heading to a House vote would cripple state Medicaid programs and urged Republicans to stabilize private insurance before broaching Medicaid -- while floating their own reform plan that lets states choose Medicaid per-capita caps, block grants or the current financing structure, and gives states new flexibility to set program requirements and to control drug costs by not having to cover all FDA-approved drugs.

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