Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

On health care, consumer groups have no seat at the table

On health care, consumer groups have no seat at the table

LAST WEEK, Vox's Congressional reporter Jeff Stein posted photos of the front pages of the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to Twitter.

Medicaid coverage has been critical at RiverStone Health in Billings. He followed with another photo, from CNN.com, where he counted 24 headlines.

- Shift health care to Medicare for all, as conservative Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, among others, has suggested. Meantime, the Legislature is moving in the other direction, with the Senate recently passing a government-run, universal health care system - Senate Bill 562 being pushed by the National Nurses Union.

Now, after secret discussions with Mitch McConnell and other extremists, Kasich, Portman and a host of other "moderates" have done a complete 180, declaring that that they will support the AHCA's passage through the Senate. They have to receive enough money to pay for the part of our health-care expenses we don't pay, and a reasonable bit more in order to return some profit to their shareholders for their investment. According to Tim Malloy, the assistant director of the poll, "The grim diagnosis from voters: Health care will cost more and deliver less".

A spokeswoman for Grassley stressed Friday that the Senate is writing its own bill but that the senator is concerned with how people with pre-existing conditions will be treated, as well as what happens with mental health coverage.

They came by the dozens: cancer survivors and people with mental illness.

The advances in health care are coming at us in a blinding cavalcade of change, with our individual DNA the focus of the newest therapies. On Sunday, he said that some of the health insurance coverage mandates would get rid by unveiling Obamacare replacement bill with an aim to bring down cost of insurance. I received a letter from a woman in MI whose 89-year-old mother lives in an assisted living facility.

"The resources to pay for [home- and community-based] services and attract workers into this sector would decline under a per capita cap system", the report reads.

But interestingly, support for the government-funded Medi-Cal program - a linchpin of the expanded care provided by the Affordable Care Act - is strong among all political persuasions.

The woman described her concern that neither she nor her mother could afford to sustain her mother's care. Your mother will most likely run out her savings until she qualifies for Medicaid. "This is the right fight, and the right thing to do for California's families, children, and seniors".

Thacker said he is also concerned that his economic stance would be greatly diminished should he have to pay more for his daughter's care out of his pocket.

HEALTH COVERAGE THAT MERELY TRACKS the Beltway drama of the AHCA risks overlooking the diverse and nuanced health needs of cities and counties.

The U.S. was not among the 10 countries examined, the authors wrote, as "it has not yet achieved universal health coverage" and "has such exceptionally high pharmaceutical expenditures that its inclusion in this analysis would skew comparisons among the 10 more comparable countries studied here". It is an issue-driven event, she said. The principle is not much different from that of charging smokers more for insurance. Two of her three children have developmental disabilities.

Colorado officials have said they've heard from no insurers planning in 2018 to drop out of Connect for Health Colorado.

She also mentioned a few stories in which she examined how those forces work in specific communities. When a community hospital closes, the entire community suffers.

"Mitch McConnell on the health-care legislative process, 2010 vs. 2017": "Reconciliation is an unusual tactic - generally reserved for budget and tax policy - that gets around Senate rules created to force a supermajority on bills".

And after he appeared this winter at an Ohio State University event to discuss the opioid crisis sweeping the state, a group from Indivisible asked to talk with him and he did, although Indivisible says it was only a 20-minute meeting, a far cry from a public forum.

No matter how careful we are, we can still be affected by an illness or accident. Hospitals will have to eat those costs and, in turn, pass those losses onto health insurance customers - namely employers. Knowing their whorls will help reporters trace the impact of the AHCA down the road.

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