Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Medicine | By Earnest Bishop

Capito says thousands contacted her about health overhaul

Capito says thousands contacted her about health overhaul

"Both the American Health Care Act and the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act are bad policy for West Virginia. And if they take this part of the healthcare out and I lose my treatment, there is a big uncertainty in my future", she said. "I continue to believe we must fix what can be fixed, scrap what is not working, and create a better health care reality for West Virginians".

Virginia already has some of the strictest Medicaid eligibility standards in the county, and it ranks 47th among other states in terms of per capita Medicaid expenditures. Capito said that the bill doesn't do enough to fight the opioid crisis and "cuts traditional Medicaid too deeply".

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A women's political advocacy group has taken two tries to fly the correct USA senator's name over West Virginia after a mix-up that had Charleston residents scratching their heads. "I continue to believe we must fix what can be fixed, scrap what is not working, and create a better health care reality for West Virginians", she said. "My concerns will need to be addressed going forward".

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Portman said the Afordable Care Act is not working for many families and small businesses in Ohio. "Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I can not support it in its current form".

State officials have said about 50,000 people who have coverage through Medicaid expansion had substance abuse diagnoses in 2016. The CBO estimated that 15 million fewer people would have Medicaid in 10 years, compared to 14 million fewer under the House version of the bill. He hoped a motion to proceed, if there was a vote, would fail.

While much of the damage is done by massive cuts to Medicaid, affecting poor children, people with disabilities and most people in nursing homes, some of the changes will result in damage to the quality of insurance for those who get their insurance from their employers as well. The provision to maintain continuous coverage or be excluded from health insurance is one of the most startling examples. "Lack of insurance simply means that the state's healthcare system will face greater fiscal stress".

"It is critical that any changes to Medicaid and the private health insurance market reflect states' experience as major health care purchasers, regulators and administrators who will be responsible for carrying out new reforms", McAuliffe said in the letter, written with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican who is vice chairman of health and human services for the governors association.

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