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GOP bill’s changes in rules could undermine health of neediest

An under-the-radar provision in the Republican proposal to replace the Affordable Care Act would require the millions of Medicaid enrollees who signed up under the Obamacare expansion to renew their …


UPDATED: Mon., March 20, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Idaho Senate kills $10 million plan to pay for care for those who can’t afford insurance

A proposal to spend $10 million next year to provide health care to 15,000 of the most chronically ill members of Idaho’s health coverage gap population failed in the Idaho …


UPDATED: Sun., March 19, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Ryan: More help for older people needed in GOP health bill

Days before a pivotal vote, House Speaker Paul Ryan said Sunday he will seek changes to a GOP health care bill to provide more help to older people. The new …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 11:07 p.m.

Idaho Senate debates, rejects Medicaid expansion

The Idaho Senate debated and rejected Medicaid expansion on Thursday, as Senate Democrats pushed the plan in an amendment.


GOP acts fast on health care, aims to avoid ire Democrats faced

It took former President Barack Obama and his Democrats more than a year to pass the Affordable Care Act, a slow and painstaking process that allowed plenty of time for …


Partisan bashing proves CBO’s worth

Even when CBO’s numbers are wrong, it retains its credibility – because it goes about its business in a fair and transparent way.


UPDATED: Thu., March 9, 2017, 7:57 p.m.

Idaho Senate panel approves $10 million health gap bill

A $10 million program designed to provide some health care services to a small portion of those who fall into Idaho’s health coverage gap cleared a Senate committee on Thursday …


Health care bill’s harm is far-reaching

After 2,500 days, the American Health Care Act is born. Congressional Republicans’ much-anticipated health care bill may have a similar name to the Affordable Care Act it’s intended to replace, …


House GOP health bill gives big tax cut to the rich

The House Republicans’ health care bill adds up to big tax cuts for the rich. The bill would cut more than 20 taxes enacted under President Barack Obama’s heath law.


Trump White House sends mixed signals on House health bill

With a single word – “our” – in a single tweet, President Donald Trump appeared to embrace a House GOP-crafted bill that would replace the 2010 health care law. But …


UPDATED: Mon., March 6, 2017, 11:23 p.m.

House GOP releases health care bill replacing Obamacare

House Republicans have released their long-awaited bill dismantling much of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. The measure would roll back the government’s health care role and is expected …


House GOP readies legislative push to repeal Obamacare

House Republicans, despite stiff political headwinds, are readying an ambitious push this week to begin moving legislation to replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act, a crucial test of …


Mischief in the Capitol as GOP rebels stir up trouble

The Capitol is suddenly awash with trouble-makers and rebels – and that’s just the Republicans. Whatever GOP unity was produced by Donald Trump’s victory in November has all but disappeared, …


Groups demanding ‘full repeal’ of Obamacare could derail health care rollback

An array of conservative lawmakers, organizations and activists are demanding a swifter and more aggressive remake of the Affordable Care Act than many Republicans are comfortable with, raising questions about …


Trump: ‘Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated’

President Donald Trump promised the nation’s governors Monday that his yet-to-be-revealed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would give states greater flexibility and thanked some Republicans in the room …


Trump urges insurers to work together to ‘save Americans from Obamacare’

President Donald Trump met with major health insurers Monday morning, in the midst of intensifying public pressure to preserve the law and political divisions over how to best dismantle and …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 25, 2017, 6:52 p.m.

Democrats, GOP spar over Medicaid reform at govs’ meeting

Tensions emerged Saturday between Democratic and Republican U.S. governors over a GOP-led proposal for a major overhaul to Medicaid, with Democrats saying the changes would take away people’s health coverage …


Draft GOP lawmakers’ health care bill revamps Obama’s health care law

A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry …


GOP governors outline health care plan, Medicaid changes

Republican governors from seven states are calling for dramatic changes to Medicaid, which provides insurance to more than 70 million low-income Americans, as they nervously watch President Donald Trump and …


Trump fact check: 20 million people on Obamacare is not ‘very few’

President Donald Trump said Friday that his predecessor’s health care law covers “very few people,” as he minimized the impact of replacing it. That’s only true if you consider more …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 17, 2017, 10:48 a.m.

McConnell intends to replace ‘Obamacare’ without Democrats

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says Republicans intend to overhaul health care and the tax code this year without Democratic help.


GOP leaders unveil Obamacare replacement outline

Top House Republicans unveiled a rough sketch of a massive health care overhaul to rank-and-file lawmakers Thursday, but a lack of detail, cost estimates and GOP unity left unresolved the …


Obamacare repeal would gut opioid treatment gains, study finds

A new study by Harvard Medical School and New York University shows that repealing the Affordable Care Act would cut $5.5 billion a year for substance-abuse and mental health treatment, …


Following Trump order, IRS shifts on health care mandate

The IRS says it’s following President Donald Trump’s executive order on health care by easing enforcement of the unpopular Obama-era requirement for people to have coverage or risk fines. Trump …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 11:26 p.m.

Only 8.8 percent in U.S. lacked health insurance, a record, CDC reports

The nation’s uninsured rate tumbled further last year, hitting the lowest rate on record, according to new government data that underscored what is at stake in the Republican effort to …


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 13, 2017, 3:45 p.m.

Idaho lawmakers introduce $10 million health-gap bill

An Idaho House committee voted unanimously Monday to introduce legislation to launch a new state Health Care Assistance Program, which would tap the state’s Millennium Fund for $10 million next …


Dana Milbank: GOP downgrades health care ‘disaster’

For seven years, ACA opponents vowed to make its repeal their top concern. Now they have unfettered control of the government and they aren’t even talking about repealing.


Tom Price becomes leader of crusade to roll back Obamacare

Confirmation of Rep. Tom Price gives President Donald Trump his desired point man for replacing Obamacare. Now what? Price won approval of the Senate, 52-47, around 2 a.m. Friday, and …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 12:50 p.m.

With Obamacare in jeopardy, more than 12 million still sign up

A count by the Associated Press shows that more than 12.2 million people have signed up for coverage nationwide this year under “Obamacare.” That’s as the new Trump administration and …


ACA repeal could cost Idaho $20M per year

Indigent care costs in Idaho could jump by more than $20 million per year if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the administrator of the state’s Catastrophic Health Fund program …