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UPDATED: Mon., July 3, 2017

Gov. Brown signs Oregon’s new health care tax bill

The Democratic governor of Oregon has signed a contentious multimillion-dollar health care tax bill that’s designed to fund Medicaid and fill a big chunk of the state’s budget shortfall.


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017

Senate leaders scramble for deal on health care bill

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explored options for salvaging the battered Republican health care bill Wednesday but confronted an expanding chorus of GOP detractors, deepening the uncertainty over whether the …


Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …


UPDATED: Mon., June 26, 2017

GOP leaders add penalty for lapsed coverage to health bill

Republican leaders added a penalty for people who’ve let their insurance lapse Monday as party leaders prepared to begin pushing the health care measure through the Senate, despite a rebellion …


Wilkinson: Republicans will pass Trumpcare

Despite the periodic dramas of reactionary versus conservative factions, Republicans are united around a couple of key goals. Both versions of the Republican health care legislation accomplish those goals.


UPDATED: Fri., June 23, 2017

Providence, other Spokane health leaders call Senate health care bill ‘devastating’

Hospital and community care providers said the steep cuts to Medicaid would worsen care for their patients, lead to fewer jobs in health care and hurt their bottom lines.


Medicaid is biggest consumer story in ‘Obamacare’ rollback

Republicans in full control of government are on the brink of history-making changes to the nation’s health care system. The impact for consumers would go well beyond “Obamacare.”


How the GOP would cut billions more from Medicaid with a single letter

With a small tweak to a relatively obscure part of the Republican health-care bill, GOP senators would make deep, permanent cuts to a low-income insurance program that covers tens of …


Nevada governor vetoes Medicaid-for-all bill

Gov. Brian Sandoval waited until the last day he could – Friday – to veto a measure that would have offered a state-sponsored health insurance option to all residents regardless …


Senate moderates say they are closer on health care

WASHINGTON – Moderate Republicans on Thursday said they were getting closer to supporting an emerging Senate health package but are continuing to press for a slower phaseout of the Medicaid …


Congress ignoring Medicaid’s vital role

Most of the early Senate talk has centered on pre-existing conditions, deductibles and premiums. Improving coverage is important, but senators cannot ignore Medicaid.


Trump team defends budget; lawmakers have serious doubts about plan

President Donald Trump’s budget chief delivered a spirited defense of the plan’s deep spending cuts, but his agriculture secretary offered only a half-hearted endorsement of proposed reductions to farm subsidies …


UPDATED: Mon., May 22, 2017

Trump’s $4.1T budget relies on deep domestic cuts

President Donald Trump’s proposed $4.1 trillion budget slashes safety net programs for the poor, targeting food stamps and Medicaid, while relying on rosy projections about the nation’s economic growth to …


Stark: AHCA is a good start to reforming care

The American Health Care Act will lower costs for everyone while caring for the most vulnerable in our communities.


UPDATED: Wed., May 17, 2017

Oregon official sounds alarm over Medicaid eligibility

Some 86,000 people who are receiving Medicaid benefits in Oregon may be ineligible, costing $37 million per month, the secretary of state said Wednesday.


UPDATED: Sun., May 14, 2017

Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending

For school districts still getting their financial footing after the Great Recession, the Medicaid changes being advanced as part of the health care overhaul are sounding familiar alarms.


CMS gives states until 2022 to meet Medicaid standards on home and community-based care

The Trump administration has given states three extra years to carry out plans for helping elderly and disabled people receive Medicaid services without being forced to go into nursing homes.


Dr. Mike Barsotti: AHCA a threat to Washington state’s children

In Washington state, half of all children are covered by Medicaid. In U.S. Rep. McMorris Rodgers’ district, it’s 57 percent. Under the AHCA, Medicaid would lose $880 billion over 10 …


UPDATED: Sun., May 7, 2017

Trump tries to pressure Senate on health care

President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans on Sunday to “not let the American people down,” as the contentious debate over overhauling the U.S. health care systems shifts to Congress’ upper …


AHCA ‘victory’ was nothing to celebrate

The first Congressional Budget Office score should’ve been the end of it. Instead, Republicans recovered their own fumble, quick-kicked and called it a victory.


Nursing home owner says he spent Medicaid funds on strippers

The owner of a suburban St. Louis nursing home where 60 residents had to be rescued after food ran out and trash piled up has admitted to stealing about $665,000 …


UPDATED: Wed., April 19, 2017

Advocates warn Medicaid block-grant proposals could hurt Idahoans with disabilities

About 30 advocates for people with disabilities gathered across the street from the Capitol on Wednesday to oppose proposals to turn Medicaid into a block grant program to states – …


Rep. Marcus Riccelli: House efforts would expand access to dental care, training

Funding these initiatives, in the capital and operating budgets, can make a tremendous difference for kids and adults.


Lawmakers in Republican-led Kansas vote to expand Medicaid

Kansas’ Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under the federal Affordable Care Act, which the GOP and President Donald Trump have …


Editorial: ACA needs renovation, not obliteration

Rather than thoughtfully address the concerns of doctors, patients, hospitals, insurers, consumers and state and local leaders, the strategy was:


Dr. Mike Barsotti: Don’t gamble with children’s health care

Not only do our children deserve the best coverage, but untreated pediatric illnesses grow into expensive adult medical conditions.


Froma Harrop: Trump faithful must own consequences

Putting the onus back on Trump’s voters is not only more honest; it is less patronizing.


Are you a winner or loser under GOP health plan? Here’s a guide

The rich and the almost rich would make out well under the House Republican bill to dismantle Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The old and the poor, not so much.


Robert J. Samuelson: Medicaid needs long-term solution

Doesn’t Medicare – not Medicaid – cover the elderly and disabled? Well, yes, but there’s a giant omission: nursing home and other long-term care. Medicaid covers these for the poor …


$10 million Medicaid gap bill dies in Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has killed a $10 million plan to provide basic health services to the state’s neediest population.