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Even Without Congress, Trump Can Still Cut Medicaid Enrollment

July 28, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Phil Galewitz- After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid. President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.


Billions in federal uncompensated-care funds to be cut starting in October

July 27, 2017, Modern Healthcare,  Virgil Dickson-  Starting this October, the CMS could begin cutting billions in federal funds meant to help hospitals with uncompensated-care costs.The Affordable Care Act mandated that Medicaid disproportionate-share hospital funds be cut by $43 billion between fiscal 2018 and 2025. During negotiations over the ACA, hospital lobby groups acquiesced to the cuts under the assumption that expanded coverage from the healthcare reform law would reduce the need for the funding.


Mississippians are drowning in medical debt

July 24, 2017, MSNewsNow, Courtney Ann Jackson - Have you ever gotten sick and then felt sick all over again when you got the bills for your medical care?  If so, you’re not alone. In fact, medical debt is the leading cause of bankruptcies in Mississippi.This study by the Urban Institute shows more than 37 percent of Mississippians ages 18-64 report past-due medical debt. Roy Mitchell at the Mississippi Health Advocacy Program said the possible health care reforms could impact those stats.


McCain Making Dramatic Senate Return for Crucial Health Vote

July 24, 2017, The New York Times, Associated Press- A peeved President Donald Trump browbeat Republican opponents of his party’s reeling health care bill Monday, asserting that his predecessor’s signature overhaul has meant “death” and saying the Senate’s planned faceoff vote is their chance to keep their pledge to repeal it.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he’d call a pivotal vote Tuesday on beginning debate on the legislation, a roll call that seemed likely to go badly for the GOP. He said he’s “made a commitment to the people I represent” to undo President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in what seemed a pointed reminder to Republican senators that they’ve made the same vow.


The Outcomes of the Many Republican Health Plans Are Not So Different

July 23, 2017, USA Today, Paul Singer- Thousands of American nuns have signed a letter to senators asking them to reject the Republican plan to bring up a health care bill this week that they say is “immoral and contrary to the teachings of our Catholic faith.” The Catholic sisters - led by Sister Simone Campbell who was a vocal advocate for passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 - will deliver their letter Monday and plan to personally visit key Catholic senators to ask them to oppose the health care bill. The letter, organized by NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby and signed by more than 7,000 U.S. sisters, asks senators to vote against any motion to bring up “any bill that would repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid.”


Thousands of nuns urge senators to vote against Obamacare repeal

July 23, 2017, USA Today, Paul Singer- Thousands of American nuns have signed a letter to senators asking them to reject the Republican plan to bring up a health care bill this week that they say is “immoral and contrary to the teachings of our Catholic faith.” The Catholic sisters - led by Sister Simone Campbell who was a vocal advocate for passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 - will deliver their letter Monday and plan to personally visit key Catholic senators to ask them to oppose the health care bill. The letter, organized by NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby and signed by more than 7,000 U.S. sisters, asks senators to vote against any motion to bring up “any bill that would repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid.”