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Why replacing the ACA is so tough: part 2

| Mar 3, 2017 | Federal, Louisiana

Why DaVita is being regulated, investigated, and sued

| Mar 2, 2017 | California, Federal, Texas, Washington

US drug overdose data, visualized

DJ Wilson | Mar 1, 2017 | Federal

Reddit user optsyn posted a data visualization of US drug overdose deaths from 1999-2014.  It's a compelling piece of data graphically displayed. Well worth sharing here. Remember:  for the most part, the opioid crisis - reflected here as a subset of this data, I assume - is a self-inflicted, system-generated...[ Read More ]

What Republican Governors are telling Trump on Medicaid

DJ Wilson | Mar 1, 2017 | Federal

The National Governors Association meetings wrapped up this week and Medicaid was front and center. The non-partisan group facilitates the education of state executives regarding federal and other state policy.  It is also an opportunity for governors to caucus with one another and form a unified front on given issues....[ Read More ]

The choice facing states under capped federal Medicaid spending

DJ Wilson | Feb 28, 2017 | Federal

Let's assume for a moment that Congressional Republicans are able to implement -- through legislation -- a block grant model for Medicaid wherein the federal share of Medicaid spending is capped through some mechanism. Now, I recognize many advocates will be lining up to make sure that doesn't happen.  And,...[ Read More ]

On FMAP, or what Congressional Republicans are really up to with health reform

DJ Wilson | Feb 28, 2017 | Federal

House Republicans issued their "Policy Brief" on an ACA replacement and we are getting more detail around their vision for replacing the ACA. The road ahead looks rocky. The plan isn't conservative enough for the hard right and doesn't protect Medicaid expansion for more practical Republican states that have expanded the...[ Read More ]

Why replacing the ACA is so tough

| Feb 27, 2017 | Federal

Repealing and replacing the ACA is becoming difficult for Republican majorities in Congress because of the raw realities of both politics and pragmatism. Today, we'll provide a look at the messy politics of reaching consensus on this issue for the GOP. Later this week, we'll look at the pragmatic, policy...[ Read More ]

Column: Guiding Principles for a Bipartisan Bill

| Feb 21, 2017 | Texas

We continue to hear sporadic news from Washington, D.C. regarding the Affordable Care Act. “Repeal and Replace,” “Repeal and Restore,” “Repeal and Repair,” “Don’t End but Mend”–the slogans are many. Hopefully, our country’s leadership will garner bipartisan support to craft a fair and equitable bill to help all American residents....[ Read More ]