Major shift as Trump opens way for Medicaid work requirement

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major policy shift that could affect millions of low-income people, the Trump administration said Thursday it is offering a path for states that want to seek work requirements on Medicaid recipients. Seema Verma, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said work and community involvement can make a […]

Who wins, who loses in bill aimed at upending Obamacare

WASHINGTON (AP) — The GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal “Obamacare” would redistribute hundreds of billions of dollars in federal financing for insurance coverage, creating winners and losers among individual Americans and states in ways not yet fully clear. Independent analysts say the latest Senate Republican bill is likely to leave more people uninsured than the […]

Senate leaders scramble to save health bill amid defections

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate leaders scrambled Tuesday to rescue their health care bill, in deepening jeopardy as opposition from rebellious Republicans intensified. The defections loomed as Congress’ nonpartisan budget referee said the measure would leave 22 million more people uninsured by 2026 than President Barack Obama’s law. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., was hoping to […]

Koch chief says health care bill insufficiently conservative

COLORADO SPRING, Colo. (AP) — Chief lieutenants in the Koch brothers’ political network lashed out at the Senate Republican health care bill on Saturday as not conservative enough, becoming a powerful outside critic as GOP leaders try to rally support for their plan among rank-and-file Republicans. Tim Phillips, who leads Americans For Prosperity, the Koch […]

Lawmakers revisiting requiring those on Medicaid to work

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple question — should adults who are able to work be required to do so to get taxpayer-provided health insurance? — could lead to major changes in the social safety net. The federal-state Medicaid program for low-income and disabled people covers more than 70 million U.S. residents […]

Republicans at odds over how to overhaul Medicaid 

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The House GOP health care bill has competition from other Republicans, a group of governors who’ve made their own proposal about how to overhaul Medicaid for low-income people. They’re hoping GOP senators will find their ideas more persuasive. It’s a gradual approach, with additional options for states. It’s […]

Congressman Brady: Obamacare about “kicking people who weren’t politically popular,” GOP replacement moves forward in House committees

RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press ALAN FRAM, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans scored a pre-dawn triumph Thursday in their effort to scuttle former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, but it masked deeper problems as hospitals, doctors and consumer groups mounted intensifying opposition to the GOP health care drive. After nearly 18 hours of […]

Republican governors complain about GOP health care plan 

THOMAS BEAUMONT, Associated Press ALISON NOON, Associated Press CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican governors complain that a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law would force millions of lower-income earners off insurance rolls or stick states with the cost of keeping them covered. Governors, especially those from political battleground states, […]

Facing strong pushback, GOP leaders advance health care bill 

ALAN FRAM, Associated Press RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Over the strong objections of key conservatives and Democrats, House Republican leaders are forging ahead with a health care plan that scraps major parts of the Obama-era overhaul. The House Ways and Means Committee and the Energy and Commerce Committee will convene what are […]

Trump nominee has decried Medicaid for fostering dependency 

CARLA K. JOHNSON, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — The businesswoman President Donald Trump selected to oversee Medicaid, the health care program for 74 million low-income Americans, has said the program is structurally flawed by policies that burden states and foster dependency among the poor. Seema Verma heads Indianapolis-based SVC Inc., a consulting firm that […]