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CMS releases proposed rule for DSH allotment reductions

| Jul 31, 2017 | Federal

Last week, CMS released a proposed rule outlining reductions in the federal Medicaid dollars allocated to each state to fund their Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) programs beginning in FY 2018. In anticipation of lower uninsured rates and lower levels of hospital uncompensated care, the ACA set forth aggregate reductions...[ Read More ]

Video: Senator Mazie Hirono on GOP health care vote

Kylie Walsh | Jul 28, 2017 | Hawaii

Hawaii Senator Mazie Hirono addressed the Senate floor last night during the vote on "skinny repeal" in an emotional speech about her childhood in rural Japan, where her sister died of pneumonia, coming to America, and being diagnosed with stage IV kidney cancer. Her speech is shorter than Senator John...[ Read More ]

Statement from Gov. Inslee and Insurance Commissioner Kreidler regarding impact of “skinny repeal” proposal

, | Jul 27, 2017 | Washington

Today the United States Senate will vote on legislation that would revive the same disastrous health care reform experiment that failed in Washington state 20 years ago. In the 1990s state lawmakers repealed key policies that underpinned the state’s health insurance market, like a mandate to buy health insurance. Insurance...[ Read More ]

Governor Inslee statement on today’s health care vote in the United States Senate

| Jul 25, 2017 | Washington

It’s inconceivable that any of our nation’s leaders think our health care system will be improved by ripping away health care from 22 million Americans and vastly increasing the costs for millions more. President Trump promised Americans he would improve our health care system. He promised he would not cut...[ Read More ]

Governor Walker reacts to vote on motion to begin debate on ACA repeal

| Jul 25, 2017 | Alaska

Governor Bill Walker today reacted to the U.S. Senate’s approval of a Motion to Proceed to debate on repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA): As I have said before, I will not support any healthcare bill that hurts Alaskans or their access to care. Alaskans deserve a fair and transparent...[ Read More ]

Two implications for health care in the Democrats' economic plan

DJ Wilson | Jul 24, 2017 | Federal

Congressional Democrats announced an economic agenda today called "A Better Deal." The one-pager handed out to the media included this summary statement. "We believe the best way to grow the economy is to grow and strengthen the middle class, instead going back to the failed trickle-down economics of the past."...[ Read More ]