From The Hill

Red States Move to Limit Medicaid Expansion Approved by Voters

February 5, 2019

Just months after voters in Utah and Idaho approved ballot measures meant to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legislators in both states are moving to place restrictions on the number of new people who would be covered.

Utah’s state Senate on Monday advanced a measure to cover those who make up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit under Medicaid.

Just months after voters in Utah and Idaho approved ballot measures meant to expand Medicaid coverage to more low-income residents under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), legislators in both states are moving to place restrictions on the number of new people who would be covered.

Utah’s state Senate on Monday advanced a measure to cover those who make up to 100 percent of the federal poverty limit under Medicaid.

Those who make between 100 percent and 138 percent of the federal poverty level would be required to purchase subsidized insurance plans on the ACA’s individual marketplace.

The plan would replace Proposition 3, a measure that would have covered everyone up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level under Medicaid paid for by a 0.15 percentage point increase in the state sales tax. The measure passed in November by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin….

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ObamaCare Enrollment Drops for Second Year in a Row under Trump

December 19, 2018

A total of 8.45 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans on healthcare.gov during this year’s sign up period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

That’s compared to the 8.8 million people who signed up last year — a drop of about 4 percent, or 367,000 people.

Enrollment in ObamaCare plans declined for the second year in a row under President Trump, according to new numbers released Wednesday.

A total of 8.45 million people signed up for ObamaCare plans on healthcare.gov during this year’s sign up period, which ran from Nov. 1 through Dec. 15.

That’s compared to the 8.8 million people who signed up last year — a drop of about 4 percent, or 367,000 people.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which runs open enrollment, characterized it as “steady” and noted that the numbers aren’t final….

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Trump administration looks to give private Medicare plans negotiating power on drugs

November 26, 2018

Insurers that participate in Medicare’s prescription drug program would be able to exclude certain drugs if prices rise faster than inflation as part of a new proposal from the Trump administration.

Insurers that participate in Medicare’s prescription drug program would be able to exclude certain drugs if prices rise faster than inflation as part of a new proposal from the Trump administration.

The proposal, announced Monday, is aimed at lowering prescription drug costs for seniors by giving Medicare plans leverage in price negotiations.

Currently, private Medicare health plans are required to cover all or “substantially all” drug in six “protected” classes, such as HIV treatments, antidepressants and cancer drugs, regardless of cost…

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Minnesota AG sues drug companies over insulin price hikes

October 16, 2018

The Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against three major pharmaceutical companies for “deceptive and misleading” price increases for insulin to treat diabetes.

The Minnesota attorney general on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against three major pharmaceutical companies for “deceptive and misleading” price increases for insulin to treat diabetes.

“Insulin is a life-or-death drug for people with diabetes,” Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (D) said in a statement. “Many people can’t afford the price hikes but can’t afford to stop taking the medication either.”

The lawsuit was filed against the country’s three major makers of insulin: Sanofi-Aventis, Novo Nordisk and Eli Lilly and Co…

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Dems want to hold officials’ feet to the fire on ObamaCare

September 27, 2018

Democrats say they will grill top Trump administration officials over what they say has been its efforts to “sabotage” ObamaCare, if they take back the House majority this fall and win committee chairmanships with subpoena power.

Democrats say they will grill top Trump administration officials over what they say has been its efforts to “sabotage” ObamaCare, if they take back the House majority this fall and win committee chairmanships with subpoena power.

While Democrats are unlikely to see significant health-care legislation enacted while President Trump is in the White House, they say they’ll work to advance several bills designed to “undo” the damage caused by the administration and build up the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The measures and the tough hearings could help set the stage for the 2020 presidential race, when Democrats hope to unseat Trump…

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