Analysis: Senate’s Latest Health Blueprint Cuts Costs At The Expense Of Chronically Ill

July 17, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Jay Hancock - The latest Senate health proposal reins in costs by effectively splitting the individual insurance market, with healthy people diverted into stripped-down plans and chronically ill individuals left with pricey and potentially out-of-reach options, insurance analysts said. This draft - a fresh attempt by the Republican Party to undo the Affordable Care Act - injects more uncertainty into plans for people with preexisting conditions such as cancer, asthma, diabetes or other long-term ailments. Those people, insured through ACA marketplaces now, could be more isolated than in an earlier version of the

More hurdles as Senate again delays vote on GOP health bill

July 17, 2017, Associated Press, Hope Yen and Erica Werner - The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation’s health care law after Sen. John McCain’s announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles for Republicans to pass the signature legislation after years of promises.The decision by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell late Saturday came not long after McCain’s office disclosed that he had undergone surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye. He’s expected to be out for the week, recovering in Arizona.

Who’s in and who’s out: McConnell’s twisting path to 50

July 15, 2017, Politico, Adam Cancyrn- The GOP’s quest to repeal Obamacare is hanging by a thread, as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell scrambles to lock down 50 votes just to open debate on the Senate GOP health care bill.Two Senate Republicans - Rand Paul and Susan Collins - have said they will vote against the motion to proceed to debate. That means McConnell needs to win over every other GOP senator simply to discuss the legislation to realize Republicans’ seven-year repeal pledge.

Price, Verma try to quell governors’ anxiety over Senate bill’s coverage losses

July 15, 2017, Politico, Rachana Pradhan- The Trump administration tried to reassure governors Saturday that funding in the Senate’s Obamacare repeal bill and administrative flexibility would prevent people from losing coverage if the legislation becomes law.Governors of both parties were briefed on the Senate bill, which would dismantle major parts of Obamacare and cap federal Medicaid payments to states, during a closed-door session with HHS Secretary Tom Price and CMS Administrator Seema Verma.

New GOP health care bill will determine winners, losers

July 15, 2017, MSNewsNow, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar - Republicans’ latest health care plan would create winners and losers among Americans up and down the income ladder, and across age groups. It would give consumers more responsibility for their insurance choices, a goal long held by conservatives who argue that’s key to a true health care market. Younger adults and healthy people in the solid middle class may find more agreeable options. But low-income people may not be able to afford coverage, along with older and sicker adults. And there are potential unintended consequences for people with employer-provided insurance, currently about 170 million Americans.

Why are there so many mentally ill walking Jackson’s streets?

July 15, 2017, The Clarion-Ledger, Jimmie E. Gates- Thrown away, forgotten, dumped on the streets.That’s how many sum up those with a mental illness living on the streets in Jackson. No one knows how many there are.But the numbers appear to be growing, according to those on the front line.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s annual national report on homelessness estimated 1,299 individuals were homeless in Mississippi in 2016, with 743 of them lacking any shelter. Of all the homeless, 439 were in families, 85 were unaccompanied youths, 180 were chronically homeless and 144 were veterans.The last available estimate of the number of homeless in Jackson was more than 500.