Jan 24 2017
Today’s early morning highlights from the major news organizations.
California Healthline: One GOP Plan Says States That Like Their Obamacare Can Keep It
Chad Terhune and Pauline Bartolone report: “California and other states could keep their federally funded insurance exchange with consumer protections intact under a proposal unveiled Monday by two Republican U.S. Senators.Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, said their proposed legislation would allow states that embraced the Affordable Care Act to keep operating under many of the current federal rules.” (Terhune and Bartolone, 1/24)
Kaiser Health News: Health Law Coverage Has Helped Many Chronically Ill — But Has Still Left Gaps
As President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress devise a plan to replace the 2010 health law, new research suggests a key component of the law helped people with chronic disease get access to health care — though, the paper notes, it still fell short in meeting their medical needs. (Luthra, 1/23)
Kaiser Health News: In A Liberal Pocket, Assisted Living Residents Fear Obamacare’s Death
From an upscale assisted living center here, 87-year-old Brendan Wall has some advice for members of Congress eager to repeal the Affordable Care Act: Slow down. “They haven’t said what they’re going to replace it with or how they’re going to replace it,” said Wall, who taught philosophy and religion for more than 30 years. (Aleccia, 1/24)
Kaiser Health News: People With Medical Debt Most Likely To Be Dunned By Collection Agencies
Michelle Andrews writes: “More people have health insurance than ever before, but many still struggle to pay for care. According to a new report, medical debt is the No. 1 reason consumers reported being contacted by a collection agency. If efforts to overhaul the health law result in more people losing their coverage, those numbers could rise.” (Andrews, 1/24)
California Healthline: What’s Next In Reproductive Health Care?
GOP leaders are seeking to defund Planned Parenthood, President Donald Trump has vowed to appoint abortion foes to the Supreme Court and the Affordable Care Act is on track for repeal. What does it all mean for reproductive health care? (1/24)
The Associated Press: Trump’s Pick For Health Secretary Faces New Senate Hearing
A second Senate committee is ready to interrogate President Donald Trump’s pick for health secretary, a nominee who’s backed by Republicans but under fire from Democrats for his support for tearing down President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul and