Published: Sat, June 24, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

Government health insurance markets holding up--barely

The political landscape and outlook for the Republicans giving a rubber stamp to the Trump/Ryan/McConnell plan is bad even in the most Republican-friendly territory in the country. The AHCA would let employers opt out of providing employees health insurance or, if they don't opt out, would let them offer weaker benefits. Better healthcare outcomes should be the goal of any changes moving forward.

One of main components of the Affordable Care Act was the expansion of Medicaid to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Line (FPL). These services include, for example, nursing facility care, adult daycare programs, home health aide services and personal care services. In fact, it would decimate the insurance market and leave millions more Americans without insurance. In addition to co-pays and deductibles, an increasing number of plans now require co-insurance payments, which require that, even once you meet your deductible, you continue paying some percentage of all costs until you hit your out-of-pocket maximum.

Premiums for individual Obamacare plans could be on average 17.8 percent higher than what's offered this year, according to a release by Florida Office of Insurance Regulation on Thursday.

The fate of MaineCare - and the seniors, children and people with disabilities that rely on the program - is now in the hands of the Senate. We should avoid major changes to Medicare and not do anything to undermine its finances. There's good reason to believe that we might not have to wait that long to see another, similar propose pop-up somewhere else.

Indeed, the vast majority of costs in the Medicaid program, about two-thirds, are incurred by elderly or disabled individuals who make up only a quarter of enrollment.

While personal responsibility for health is certainly part of the equation, the Prevention Fund is meant to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive, sustainable and accountable approach to improving our country's health outcomes through the most effective, evidence-based programs. Though Medicaid is an entitlement program, it is also an empowerment program.

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Brian Sandoval vetoed a bill that would have made Nevada the first state in the nation to have a "Medicaid-for-all" health insurance option, striking the latest blow against Democrat-led efforts to expand government-run health care plans at the state level.

Perhaps most significantly, insurers will need to decide on their participation. The plan is working. The time is now for Republicans to coalesce together and reform this failed system while they still control the legislative and executive branches.

While the individual market has had its difficulties, it's also important to note that the market is quite small. Insurers in those states would not have to cover any benefit not mandated by that state's law. But four out of five of them receive subsidies that help make insurance affordable.

It also shifts big costs to people who can least afford it. There are many laudable ideas that should be thoroughly discussed and debated by Congress, as the ACA is "tweaked" or "reformed". We invite all members of Congress to roll up their sleeves and address this shortcoming in a bipartisan fashion. What we are seeing now in places like California, Nevada, and NY is partially a response to Republican efforts at the federal level to roll back aspects of Obamacare, but it's also an attempt to work out some of the details in what that future national health care policy platform will look like.

We should find ways to move America closer to health care for all, not health care for the few.

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