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House on ACA: 116 days of consideration; AHCA: 17 days

DJ Wilson | Mar 22, 2017 | Federal

Column: AHCA could ravage funding for Medicaid in Texas

| Mar 22, 2017 | Texas

On Thursday, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that would repeal and replace parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Specifically, the AHCA would end the enhanced Medicaid federal funding for future expansion populations, beginning in 2020, and transition the...[ Read More ]

New study reveals Americans unprepared for medical bills

| Mar 21, 2017 | Federal

Independent market research company Ipsos released a study showing that many Americans are unable to handle unexpected medical bills. Almost three-quarters of Americans have seen their healthcare costs rise in the past few years. Most want to see costs go down, but don’t know how. For some, this means avoiding...[ Read More ]

A contrarian view of the updated House reform bill

DJ Wilson | Mar 21, 2017 | Federal

Late Monday night, the House Republicans unveiled a set of proposed amendments to their reform bill, the American Health Care Act.  You can read the summary of the "Manager's Amendment" for the best overview of the proposed changes. Many of the changes are technical (moving an inflation index from CPI-U...[ Read More ]

House Republicans Announce More Health Care Reform Legislation

| Mar 16, 2017 | Federal

Washington, D.C. – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23) released the following statement announcing further legislation to reform America’s health care system. This legislation is part of the third phase of Congress’s health care reform efforts. Phase One begins with the American Health Care Act (AHCA) and Phase Two is...[ Read More ]

State of Reform Podcast Episode 1: Trump's impact on Texas healthcare

DJ Wilson | Mar 16, 2017 | Federal

State of Reform tries to bridge the gap between the world of health care and that of health policy.  We do this in part by providing a platform for the voices of senior executives and health policy leaders.  The content generated by them is then shared across multiple discreet information...[ Read More ]

State opportunity to innovate in Medicaid is there for the taking

| Mar 15, 2017 | Alaska, Federal, Hawaii, Texas

Yesterday HHS released a letter to Governors from Secretary Tom Price and freshly sworn-in CMS Administrator Seema Verma, inviting states to take steps to innovate on Medicaid. The letter creates a clear opportunity for states who have been wanting to try new things in the program to do so: We...[ Read More ]