Healthcare Reform and the ACA News

 
 
  • Trump Proposes Huge Budget Cuts for NIH, Other HHS Agencies The White House said the cuts were needed to offset a $54 billion increase in military spending. Medical leaders warned that they would cripple biomedical research.
  • Ryan Foresees No Major Changes in Republican U.S. Healthcare Plan U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan said on Wednesday the major elements of the Republican healthcare overhaul plan backed by President Donald Trump will remain intact despite conservative opposition to a bill whose prospects remain up in the air.
  • U.S. Government Reports Decline in Obamacare Individual Enrollment Enrollment in the individual insurance plans created under Obamacare declined to 12.2 million Americans, the U.S. government said on Wednesday as Republican lawmakers and the Trump administration sought to repeal the healthcare law.
  • Few Nearby Fertility Centers for Many U.S. Women More than one-third of women in the United States have limited or no access to medical centers that treat fertility problems, according to a new study.
  • AAOS Comorbidities Contribute Little to Knee Replacement Costs Hospital contracts and payment plans, not comorbidities, are the largest contributors to the total cost of knee replacement, calling into question risk stratification for bundled payments.
  • Republicans on Defense After Report on Insurance Plan Republicans on Tuesday defended their plan to dismantle Obamacare after a bipartisan report showed 14 million Americans would lose medical insurance by next year under their proposal even as it reduces the budget deficit.
  • Study: Access to Care Improved Most Where Medicaid Expanded The percentage of adults who skip needed treatment because of its cost has declined since 2013, but moreso in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility under the ACA, according to the Commonwealth Fund.
  • How Do You Feel About the GOP Bill to Replace the ACA? Most medical organizations as well as at least one nursing society have expressed major concerns about the bill, known as the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA).
  • Dramatic Increase in HCV Cure Rate Among Veterans Direct-acting antiviral drugs have led to dramatic increases in cures among veterans with hepatitis C; increased funding and lower cost for the drugs would extend the benefits, researchers said.
  • Dangerous Prescribing Practice May Boost Overdose Risk Concurrent prescribing of opioids and benzodiazepines -- a dangerous practice that is associated with a significantly increased risk for overdose -- is on the rise, new research shows.
  • EPI-Lifestyle It Worked! Sugary-Drink Sales Fell After Community Campaign This should be a "road map for change," experts say of a 3-year campaign with a media blitz, community-group efforts, and policy changes.
  • U.S. Republican Obamacare Repeal Benefits Wealthiest A Republican plan to repeal taxes set under Obamacare would benefit the wealthiest U.S. households at more than five times the rate for middle-income families, according to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center.
  • Alert Seema Verma Confirmed by Senate as CMS Chief President Trump's pick for CMS will be at the heart of Republican efforts to overhaul the US healthcare system for the second time in less than 10 years.
  • Alert Uninsured Up 24M Under ACA Repeal-Replace Bill, CBO Says An $880 billion in reduction in federal spending on Medicaid over 10 years would help bring the total uninsured to 52 million in 2026, 24 million more than if the ACA were still on the books.
  • Republican Obamacare Repeal Clears First Hurdle Despite Budget Concerns Republicans cleared the first hurdle early on Thursday in their plan for a massive overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system backed by President Donald Trump, despite Democratic concern that the cost of the bill and its impact on the budget remain unknown.
  • Better Access, Longer Waits Under Medicaid Expansion States that expanded Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act saw sustained improvements in health care coverage and access in the second year, but wait times increased, a study found.
  • ACA Repeal-Replace Bill Troubles Medical, Nursing Groups Major medical societies such as the AMA worry that the House bill will translate into fewer people with health coverage and the care they need.
  • AAOS Orthopedic Surgeons Debating Cost of Care Cost-effectiveness will be a focus of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2017 Annual Meeting, reflecting concerns about the national shift toward value-based payment systems.
  • Less Premium Help for Poor in ACA Repeal-Replace Bill A Kaiser Family Foundation study also shows that some higher-income Americans would receive a bigger premium tax credit under the House bill than under the ACA.
  • U.S. Congressman Stirs Backlash Over Healthcare vs iPhone Comment A Republican congressman who said on Tuesday that some Americans should choose between spending on a new iPhone and healthcare sparked a social media backlash from people who accused him of being out of touch.