Healthcare Reform and the ACA News

 
 
  • Training New Doctors Right Where They’re Needed Eight teaching centers in California aim to train and retain doctors in medically underserved areas such as California’s Central Valley. They are among 57 such institutions across the country that may soon receive a boost in funding from Congress.
  • Rare Joint Editorial Urges Clinicians to Act on Gun Violence In response to the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, a rare joint editorial published in multiple medical journals highlights ways in which clinicians can address this persistent public health threat.
  • Physicians Decry Trump's Rollback of Contraceptive Mandate The department of Health and Human Services said few women would be affected, but doctors worry about opening the door to rolling back coverage of other medically indicated services.
  • Drug Industry Gives Up Legal Battle Over New UK Cost Curbs Britain's pharmaceuticals industry has thrown in the towel in a legal battle over new cost curbs imposed by the state-run health service, after failing to secure a judicial review.
  • MDs Don't Seek Psychiatric Care Because of Licensing Fears Most state medical license applications include questions about mental health conditions. These questions pose a significant barrier to physicians seeking help for mental health problems.
  • Senate Budget Resolution Whacks Medicare, Medicaid While the resolution is nonbinding, budget committees are being asked to consider nearly $500 billion in Medicare cuts, $1 trillion in Medicaid cuts; the resolution paves the way for tax reform.
  • Obamacare Sign-up Challenge: Proving the Law Is Not Dead More than two thousand miles away from the healthcare debate in Washington, President Donald Trump's threats to let Obamacare collapse are sowing confusion about its fate and dampening 2018 enrollment expectations.
  • 5 Takeaways From Congress’ Failure to Extend Funding for Children’s Coverage Federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program expired Sept. 30. Many states still have money in their budgets, but they’ll be worried until Congress renews the program.
  • House Republicans Seek $1 Bln in Medicaid Funds for Puerto Rico Puerto Rico, struggling to recover from hurricane damage, could receive $1 billion in additional funding for the Medicaid health insurance program for the poor under a proposal from a U.S. House of Representatives panel, a congressional aide said on Tuesday.
  • Respect for Science in Jeopardy in Polarized U.S., Nobel Winners Say Two of the U.S. scientists awarded the Nobel prize on Tuesday for opening up a new era of astronomy by detecting gravitational waves said they hoped the attention would make Americans less inclined to dismiss scientific consensus in favor of politics.
  • Flat-Fee Primary Care Helps Fill Niche for Texas’ Uninsured Doctors offering this care charge a monthly fee for services that can be handled in the office. But patient advocates warn it is not insurance and offers no coverage for hospital or specialist care.
  • In Puerto Rico, Acute Shortages Plunge the Masses Into Survival Struggle Brian Jimenez had burned through dwindling supplies of scarce gasoline on a 45-minute drive in search of somewhere to fill his grandmother’s blood thinner prescription. He ended up in Fajardo, a scruffy town of strip malls on Puerto Rico’s northeastern tip, where a line of 400 waited outside a Walmart.
  • Health and Safety Rules Targeted as Trump Begins to Slash Red Tape When disaster hits the chemical plants in Port Arthur, Texas, triggering fires like those that flared in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Hilton Kelley is the man fielding panicked calls from neighbors unsure whether they should evacuate their homes.
  • Illinois Republican Governor Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Illinois Republican Governor Bruce Rauner signed a controversial bill into law on Thursday to expand state-funded coverage of abortions for low-income residents on Medicaid and state employees.
  • U.S. Senators Close to Bipartisan Deal on Health Exchanges -Schumer Two U.S. senators from both parties are close to finalizing a bipartisan deal to shore up the health insurance exchanges created under Obamacare, the chamber's top Democrat said on Thursday.
  • Trump Vows Another Healthcare Vote Next Year, Eyes Executive Order President Donald Trump, faced with the latest Republican failure to undo Obamacare, pledged on Wednesday to tackle it again next year, suggesting without evidence that he had the votes to pass reform and promising to work with Democrats in the meantime.
  • WHO Reports 25 Million Unsafe Abortions a Year; Expert Sees Higher Risk From U.S. Cutbacks Nearly half of the estimated 56 million abortions performed worldwide every year are unsafe and women in poor countries face even higher risks due to U.S. funding cuts to family planning programs abroad, health experts said on Thursday.
  • U.S. Healthcare Bill's Collapse Escalates Republican Infighting The failure by President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans to dismantle Obamacare has infuriated the party's conservative flank and is intensifying intra-party warfare ahead of the 2018 U.S. congressional elections.
  • As 2018 Obamacare Deadline Nears, U.S. States Believe Every County Covered U.S. states have negotiated to the bitter end to keep health insurers selling Obamacare plans in every county next year, in some cases taking a hard-line to prevent exits that leave residents without access to health coverage.
  • Republican McConnell Holds Out Hope for Obamacare Repeal Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate's top Republican, clung to slim hopes on Tuesday that his party could still dismantle Obamacare, despite not having adequate support for a repeal bill.