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Repealing Obamacare Could Make Screening For Some Cancers Unaffordable Again

January 9, 2016, Forbes, Arlene Weintraub- One of the major tenets of Obamacare was to make it affordable for healthy people to get preventive tests, like colonoscopy and mammography to screen for early signs of cancer. But with Senate Republicans and President-elect Donald Trump prioritizing an immediate repeal of the law, formally called the Affordable Care Act (ACA)-and not offering clear alternatives for replacing it-the future of subsidized cancer testing is now in doubt. That’s a shame, says Gregory Cooper, a gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and lead author of a new study that shows that, at least for mammography, eliminating out-of-pocket expenses has greatly increased the population of people who are inspired to get screened.

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Doctor: Obamacare shouldn’t be repealed

January 7, 2016, The Clarion Ledger, Emily Thomas- When Shameika Johnson was 20 years old she was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer, Hodgkins lymphoma. Her insurance provider promptly dropped her coverage because her cancer treatment would be too expensive. Uninsured, Shameika and her mother paid out of pocket for all of her treatment. They incurred so much medical debt her mother declared bankruptcy and lost her home; Shameika’s car was repossessed. Fortunately, these sacrifices paid off; the treatment worked. However, when she was again eligible for health insurance, Shameika spent about $800 per month on insurance premiums, because she had a pre-existing condition.

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Obamacare repeal’s doomsday scenario

January 9, 2016, Politico, Paul Demko and Adam Cancryn- Hospital and health plan leaders talk in almost apocalyptic terms about what might lie ahead if Republicans abolish Obamacare without a blueprint for its replacement. Their doomsday scenario: Millions of people could lose their health care coverage, hospitals could hemorrhage cash and shocks to the $3 trillion-a-year health system could send ripples through the entire economy. “That transition period is going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it - but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.

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Obamacare repeal’s doomsday scenario

January 9, 2016, Politico, Paul Demko and Adam Cancryn- Hospital and health plan leaders talk in almost apocalyptic terms about what might lie ahead if Republicans abolish Obamacare without a blueprint for its replacement. Their doomsday scenario: Millions of people could lose their health care coverage, hospitals could hemorrhage cash and shocks to the $3 trillion-a-year health system could send ripples through the entire economy. “That transition period is going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it - but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.

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Obamacare repeal’s doomsday scenario

January 9, 2016, Politico, Paul Demko and Adam Cancryn- Hospital and health plan leaders talk in almost apocalyptic terms about what might lie ahead if Republicans abolish Obamacare without a blueprint for its replacement. Their doomsday scenario: Millions of people could lose their health care coverage, hospitals could hemorrhage cash and shocks to the $3 trillion-a-year health system could send ripples through the entire economy. “That transition period is going to be like that slow-moving tsunami that we know is coming, and we can watch it and try to prepare for it - but in the aftermath of the tsunami, there’s devastating loss that we never could have planned for,” said Heidi Gartland, vice president for community affairs and government relations at Cleveland-based University Hospitals Health System.

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Medicaid needs $75 million to plug big holes in its budget

January 6, 2016, Mississippi Today, Larrison Campbell- Just four days into the 2017 session, the Division of Medicaid has asked the Legislature for a $75 million deficit appropriation. Medicaid is hoping to plug the holes left by two massive cuts to its budget this fiscal year. During the last session, the Legislature appropriated $950 million to Medicaid, which is $63 million less than the agency had requested. Then in September, agencies were hit with a series of mid-year cuts to address a $57 million “accounting error” that overestimated expected revenue to the state. Medicaid’s cut was $15.4 million. The department is at a loss for how to absorb these cuts, according to Erin Barham, the agency’s deputy administrator for communications.

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Only 20 Percent Of Americans Support Health Law Repeal Without Replacement Plan

January 6, 2016, Kaiser Health News, Jordan Rau- The Republican strategy of repealing the Affordable Health Care Act before devising a replacement plan has the support of only one in five Americans, a poll released Friday finds. The Kaiser Family Foundation survey also disclosed that shrinking the federal government’s involvement and spending in health care - the long-sought goal of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican lawmakers - is less important to most Americans than is ensuring medical care is affordable and available. (Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent project of the foundation.)

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Republicans offer no plan to repeal Obamacare as more party members express concern

January 4, 2016, The LA Times, Noam Levey and Lisa Mascaro- After demanding for six years that the Affordable Care Act be gutted, Republican leaders refused Wednesday to outline concrete steps to repeal and replace it, even as members of their party voiced growing reservations about rolling the law back without a viable alternative. Neither President-elect Donald Trump nor Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who met with House and Senate Republicans at the Capitol, offered lawmakers details about their repeal plan - a centerpiece of their winning campaign - short of vague promises that Trump would take executive action after he assumes office in just over two weeks

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First bills filed cover ATVs to venomous snakes

January 4, 2016, The Clarion Ledger, Geoff Pender- The first bills of the 2017 Mississippi legislative session have been filed, and they run the gamut of issues from all terrain vehicles to venomous snakes. Some are old friends, perennially filed over many years and never passed into law, such as a bill by Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence, to allow sheriffs’ departments to use radars on speeding motorists, or Rep. Alyce Clarke’s bill to create a state lottery. Clarke, D-Jackson, has filed such a bill each session for many years to no avail. But this year, Gov. Phil Bryant and other leaders and lawmakers said they are willing to at least entertain discussion and debate of a state lottery.

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Garden Park CEO: Repealing Affordable Care Act could create ‘access to care crisis’

January 3, 2016, WDAM, Chris Thies- President-Elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act has Garden Park Medical Center CEO Brenda Waltz on edge. Waltz said if the ACA is repealed, Congress must restore deep cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. If that doesn’t happen, Waltz believes it could have a devastating effect on health care for the poor, elderly, disabled, and people living in rural areas. She called it an “access to care crisis.” With the ACA came steep cuts to Medicare and Medicaid payments made to hospitals and other medical facilities. If the law is repealed and these cuts are not restored, Waltz said it could cost U.S. hospitals more the $400 billion.

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