Say What? Fact-Checking The Chatter Around The GOP Health Bill

March 13, 2017, Kaiser Health News, Julie Rovner- Republicans are in a hurry to get their “repeal and replace” health care bill to the House floor. In just the week since it was introduced, two committees have approved the “American Health Care Act,” and a floor vote is planned before month’s end. But in the rush to legislate, some facts surrounding the bill have gotten, if not lost, a little buried. Here are five things that are commonly confused about the health overhaul effort.

Trump voters would be among the biggest losers in Republicans’ Obamacare replacement plan

March 12, 2017, The LA Times, Noam Levey- Americans who swept President Trump to victory - lower-income, older voters in conservative, rural parts of the country - stand to lose the most in federal healthcare aid under a Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, according to a Times analysis of county voting and tax credit data. Among those hit the hardest under the current House bill are 60-year-olds with annual incomes of $30,000, particularly in rural areas where healthcare costs are higher and Obamacare subsidies are greater.

GOP Health Plan Would Hit Rural Areas Hard

March 12, 2017, Morning Star, Anna Wilde Mathews and Dante Chinni- The House Republican effort to overhaul the Affordable Care Act could hit many rural areas particularly hard, according to a new analysis, sharply increasing the cost for some residents buying their own insurance. In extreme cases, the amount a consumer might owe for a plan could exceed that person’s annual income. In Nebraska’s Chase County, a 62-year-old currently earning about $18,000 a year could pay nearly $20,000 annually to get health-insurance coverage under the House GOP plan—compared with about $760 a year that person would owe toward premiums under the ACA, an analysis by Oliver Wyman showed.

Children’s Hospital drops Mississippi Medicaid

March 11, 2017, Daily Journal- Children’s Hospital of Alabama is no longer accepting insurance through Mississippi Medicaid, a representative for the hospital confirmed Friday. As a result, the hospital is not treating the more than 400,000 children insured through Medicaid in Mississippi. Birmingham-based Children’s said in a statement the hospital and Mississippi’s Division of Medicaid were not able to “successfully negotiate (a contract) with satisfactory terms.” “Children’s of Alabama regrets that we will no longer accept Mississippi Medicaid patients, for whom it has been our privilege to provide care,” said Adam Kelly, manager of corporate communications at Children’s of Alabama.

Repealing Obamacare: What does it mean for you?

March 9, 2017, The Clarion Ledger, Sarah Fowler- As the GOP-controlled House moves forward with repealing the Affordable Care Act and replacing it with the American Health Care Act, the potential impact on Mississippians varies depending on age, income and Medicaid needs. Two House committees approved the new plan Thursday. Mississippi Insurance Commission Mike Chaney said Thursday, “Bottomline, we don’t know what it will do to Mississippi.” “Tax credits could go from a low of $2,000 to a high of either $4,000 or $14,000,” he said. “It depends on whom you’re talking to.” Chaney said those over 60 could potentially take the biggest financial hit. Currently, those over 60 pay three times what a 30-year-old would pay.

7 details in the Republican health care bill that harm the poor

March 10, 2017, VOX, Julia Belluz- The Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature health reform, had one big goal: to make health insurance more affordable and accessible to those who had trouble getting coverage. In essence, that meant finding ways to get America’s poor - the millions who couldn’t pay for private health insurance or were ineligible for Medicaid - health coverage. The new GOP health reform plan, the American Health Care Act, is filled with provisions - some subtle, some not - that’ll undo that work.