A bipartisan Senate bill to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program is a mixed bag for states, which would secure much-needed federal funds for five additional years but would also have to pick up more of the tab for their health coverage for low-income children.
While some progressives campaigned this week for “Medicare for all,” a group of moderate House Democrats aligned themselves with a more modest push to stabilize the Affordable Care Act, arguing that it could spur broader health care reforms in the future.
As a Senate panel tries to agree on a bipartisan fix to stabilize the Affordable Care Act, some Democrats appear willing to part with the law’s controversial individual mandate — as long as there is an adequate replacement.
A Senate panel’s bipartisan push to bolster the Affordable Care Act in the near term could set the stage for broader changes that would contain U.S. health care spending, which has been growing at a faster rate for decades compared to many other industrialized countries.
A majority of voters back the idea of tying Medicaid eligibility to employment status as the Trump administration weighs whether to give more states the power to impose work requirements on the government health program.
Health insurers are pushing back against a recent report that accuses them of denying some patients coverage for medical products and procedures, alleging it is part of a campaign by the pharmaceutical industry to distract the public from rising drug prices.
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