Senate rejects 'skinny' ACA repeal bill

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Senators early this morning voted 49-51 against a “skinny” bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act. Three Republicans – Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John McCain (R-AZ) – opposed the bill. Senators earlier this week rejected two amendments – the Better Care Reconciliation... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy

Senate debates bill to repeal and replace parts of ACA

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The Senate yesterday voted 45-55 to reject the Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Ac. The legislation was similar to a 2015 bill passed by the Congress, but vetoed by President Obama to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without replacement.

Senate debate is expected to continue today. Once the... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, members

MA to seek waiver for premium stabilization fund, other ACA flexibilities

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Massachusetts yesterday proposed creating a premium stabilization fund in lieu of cost-sharing reductions to help stabilize the state’s health insurance marketplace. The state also plans to request transition relief from the federal employer mandate and other flexibilities under the Affordable Care Act to... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Medicaid expansion states report easier access to behavioral health care

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Up to one in three Medicaid expansion enrollees received outpatient behavioral health treatment in 2014 in four states examined by the Government Accountability Office: Iowa, New York, Washington and West Virginia. Officials in the three states expanding Medicaid to this population for the first time said... read more

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Tags: Coverage, Medicaid, Behavioral health

It's Not Over

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This was a dramatic week for the Senate’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

Revised bills were introduced, each with an updated CBO score. There were last-minute meetings to wrangle votes, and surprise announcements from senators bucking their party’s leaders. There might even be... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members

Revised BCRA released; straight repeal scored

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Senate leaders today released a revised draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act, legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The updated bill omits an amendment by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) that would have allowed insurers who sell a minimum number of compliant health plans on the... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

NH to seek waiver for state reinsurance program

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The New Hampshire Insurance Department yesterday proposed creating a state-operated reinsurance program to help stabilize the state’s health insurance marketplace. In March, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price invited states to apply for Section 1332 wavier proposals that include high-risk... read more

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Tag: Coverage

Heading Into the Ninth

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Last month, we urged the Senate to go back to the drawing board after its original proposal included dramatic cuts to the Medicaid program and the loss of health care coverage for tens of millions of Americans.

If enacted, the Better Care Reconciliation Act would mean real consequences for real people –... read more

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Tags: Coverage, advocacy, Medicaid, access

Patients and providers urge Congress to protect health coverage

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At an event this morning in Charleston, WV, patients and their advocates highlighted concerns with recent proposals to repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act, including the recent Senate proposal. Speakers included the mother of a young cancer patient, a heart patient, stroke survivor and... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

More grassroots advocacy from the folks back home

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We’ve been sharing with you how many hospitals and health systems are speaking up about congressional Republican proposals to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act – proposals that would undermine care and coverage for millions of vulnerable Americans. Here are two more examples of... read more

Topic: Advocacy and Public Policy
Tags: Coverage, advocacy, access, leadership, members

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