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Inside the fight to save Obamacare: how one longtime advocate plans to fight repeal

November 15, 2016, VOX, Sarah Kliff- Last summer, Obamacare’s future seemingly secure, longtime health advocate Ron Pollack announced he would retire in March 2017. “I had expected to move on to something else, and I was looking forward to that,” Pollack says. The election changed all that. Pollack has spent decades fighting for the expansion of health coverage in the United States. He is the executive director of Families USA, one of the key advocacy groups that helped pass the Affordable Care Act. He then helped found another group, Enroll America, which has led efforts to get people signed up for coverage under the new law.


Expect Medicaid to Change, but Not Shrivel, Under Donald Trump

November 15, 2016, The New York Times, Robert Pear- Negotiations over a proposed Medicaid block grant would need to answer difficult questions: How is the amount of the initial federal allotment determined? Will this amount be adjusted to reflect population growth, the effect of an economic downturn, or increases in the cost of medical care or in consumer prices generally? Will it be adjusted to reflect the advent of costly but effective drugs like those to treat hepatitis C? Will states have to continue spending their own money on Medicaid? Will Medicaid beneficiaries still have a legally enforceable right - an entitlement - to coverage and care if they meet eligibility criteria set by the federal government and states?


Despite election results, Obamacare expected to stick for 2017

November 13, 2016, Daily Journal, Michaela Morris- Among the related proposals under consideration will be funding Medicaid through a block grant program, where the federal government would give the states a set amount of money to provide health services for the poor. In Mississippi, Medicaid covers poor children, pregnant women and the disabled. Most of the people on Medicaid in Mississippi are children, but most of the expense comes from covering long-term care for the impoverished in nursing homes. “I think it’s something to look at,” Wicker said. The block grant approach would be troublesome for Mississippi, Mitchell said.“With block granting Mississippi legislators will be forced to find ways to reduce payments to providers, cover fewer services and cut people from the current program,” Mitchell said.


Health-care marketplace sign-up effort

November 14, 2016, WTOK, Andrea Williams- As the nation prepares to welcome a new president, locals are learning about the future of the Affordable Care Act, which is often called, Obamacare. In fact, a sign-up event for it is being held today at Meridian City Hall. “The rates have gone up, but so have the subsidies,” says Becky Martin. She’s a representative for the company, ambetter from magnolia health. It’s the sole statewide provider for insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act. “These folks who qualify for subsidies are going to see that it evens out, and they’re not really paying that much more,” says Martin. “I felt like I was going to sink because I couldn’t understand what it would cost me,” says Gloria Yarbrough of Meridian.


Trump open to keeping ‘amended’ version of ObamaCare

November 11, 2016, The Hill, Sarah Ferris- President-elect Donald Trump says he may not pursue a full repeal of ObamaCare upon taking office. “Either Obamacare will be amended, or repealed and replaced,” Trump told the Wall Street Journal on Friday in his first interview since his stunning victory Tuesday. Trump seemed more set on repealing and replacing the law in an interview with CBS’ “60 Minutes” set to air in full Sunday, and he said there wouldn’t be a lull period between the two. “We’re going to do it simultaneously. It’ll be just fine. That’s what I do. I do a good job. You know, I mean, I know how to do this stuff,” he said.


Some Republicans See Attacking Obamacare Through Regulation

November 12, 2016, The New York Times, Reuters- Congressional Republicans are looking for the quickest ways to tear down Obamacare following Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president, including rapidly confirming a new health secretary who could recast regulations while waiting for lawmakers to pass sweeping repeal legislation. Trump’s victory on Tuesday means Republicans will control the White House, Senate and House of Representatives. But congressional Democrats are expected to put up a huge fight against Republican efforts to repeal the 2010 law considered President Barack Obama’s signature domestic policy achievement.