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Healthcare Policy

Kaiser Study: 6 Million with Pre-Existing Conditions Could Be Charged More Under GOP Plan

Washington, DC, May 18, 2017 — Nathaniel Weixel reports in The Hill that more than 6 million people with pre-existing conditions could face higher insurance premiums under the House Republicans’ Obamacare repeal bill because of gaps in coverage, according to a new analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Under the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which narrowly passed the House last month, states would be allowed to waive the community rating provision of Obamacare, which prevents insurers from charging more for those with pre-existing conditions. Continue reading

Poll: American Voters Want Protections for Pre-Existing Conditions

Washington, DC, May 4, 2017 — Rebecca Savransky reports in The Hill that about half of registered voters are against weakening federal protections for people who have pre-existing conditions, according to a new poll.

A Politico/Morning Consult poll finds that 50 percent of voters somewhat or strongly oppose letting states opt out of requirements that health insurance companies cover pre-existing conditions.

Another 38 percent are in support of the proposal, according to the poll. Continue reading

Trump’s Plan to Cut NIH Funding for Biomedical Research Hits Opposition in Congress

Washington, DC, April 5, 2017 — Robert Pear reports in The New York Times that a proposal by President Trump to cut federal spending for biomedical research by 18 percent — just months after Congress approved bipartisan legislation to increase such spending — has run into a buzz saw on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats calling it misguided.

Mr. Trump is asking Congress to provide $25.9 billion for the National Institutes of Health for the fiscal year that starts on Oct. 1.  That represents a cut of $5.8 billion, or 18 percent, from the agency’s current spending level of $31.7 billion.

A week after making that proposal, Mr. Trump told Congress that he wanted to cut spending at the N.I.H. by $1.2 billion in the current fiscal year, mostly by reducing research grants. Continue reading

Poll: Americans Dislike Republican’s, Trump’s Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, April 1, 2017 — Note to President Donald Trump and House Republicans: People really don’t like your approach to overhauling America’s health care. If you’re hoping to revive the effort, you may want to try something different.

The New York Times reported that 62 percent of Americans turned thumbs down on Trump’s handling of health care during the initial weeks of his presidency, according to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research released Wednesday. Continue reading

NJPP Study: 500K New Jersey Residents Would Lose Insurance Under GOP Healthcare Plan

Trenton, NJ, March 22, 2017 — Jonathan D. Salant reports in The Star-Ledger/NJ.com that U.S. House Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would leave 500,000 more New Jersey residents without health insurance, according to a study released by New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) just two days before lawmakers will be asked to vote on the bill.

Study highlights include:

  • Half a million New Jersey residents would lose health coverage;
  • 250 millionaires in the state are set to receive a total $14 million tax break;
  • The hardest-hit would be the 45 and older population and Medicaid populations — both of which are the largest enrolled groups.

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CMS Reports 295K from New Jersey Enrolled in Obamacare in 2016

Trenton, NJ, March 17, 2017 — Anjalee Khemlani reports in NJBIZ that New Jersey saw about 295,000 enrollees in the Affordable Care Act marketplace this year, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

According to the CMS data, that is an increase from 288,000 who selected a marketplace plan in 2016.

In rankings of financial assistance and consumers who switched plans, New Jersey was placed in the bottom half of the list, according to CMS data. Continue reading

GOP Senators Warn House’s Trumpcare Bill Won’t Pass Without Changes; 50-Plus Republicans Skeptical of Obamacare Replacement Plan

Washington, DC, March 15, 2017 — By Kristina Peterson, Michelle Hackman and Louise Radnofsky report in The Wall Street Journal that Republican senators, alarmed by a nonpartisan report showing millions would lose insurance under the GOP health-care plan, warned Tuesday that the bill wouldn’t become law without fundamental changes.

Concerns mounted on Capitol Hill after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the independent legislative analyst, released a report on Monday that estimated the GOP health plan would reduce deficits by $337 billion over the coming decade and increase the number of uninsured by 24 million in 2026, compared with current law. Continue reading

Seema Verma Confirmed as Director of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

CMS Director Seema Verma

Washington, DC, March 14, 2017 — The Senate on Monday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nominee, Seema Verma, to serve as the director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), Indiana health care consultant Seema Verma.

Verma was confirmed 55-43 in the Senate Monday evening.

During her confirmation hearings, Verma said that she does not support turning Medicare, the government’s program for adults over 65 and people with disabilities, into a voucher plan in which people would select coverage from private health insurance companies. Continue reading

CBO Report: GOP’s Health Care Bill Could Leave 24M More Without Coverage by 2026

Washington, DC, March 13, 2017 — The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) today released a report that finds the House Republican bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act would reduce the federal deficit by $337 billion over a decade, but would also leave 24 million more Americans uninsured during that same period.

That legislation has already drawn opposition from major interest groups, health policy experts, and even some GOP lawmakers. Continue reading

Despite No Price Tag, House GOP Advances Health Reform Plan

Speaker Paul Ryan

Washington, DC, March 9, 2017 — Michelle Hackman reports in The Wall Street Journal that the U.S. House Republican leaders are set to take the politically risky gamble Wednesday of asking their colleagues to vote on a bill replacing the Affordable Care Act without official estimates of the GOP plan’s cost or coverage losses.

By moving ahead without an official “score” from the Congressional Budget Office — an estimate of how much the bill would cost and how many people might lose coverage over the next 10 years — Republican leaders are asking members to vote on a bill without independent verification that it achieves what it claims. Continue reading