"Medicaid Work Requirements Make No Sense for Texas -
Or Other States
This week the Trump Administration announced that it will now approve states' requests to establish Medicaid work requirements under certain circumstances.
The concept is a bad idea for all states, but especially for Texas. Ninety-six percent of Texans enrolled in Medicaid are children, seniors, pregnant women, or people with significant disabilities - not exactly great candidates for work requirements!"
Children’s health insurance has become a political hostage
The real reason CHIP is still unfunded, four months later.
"The Children’s Health Insurance Program is enduring an unprecedented crisis: More than 100 days ago, funding for a program that covers 9 million kids technically expired. Republicans in Congress haven’t rushed to extend it long-term — not until they could get something in return."
Vox.com By Dylan Scott
By Marissa Evans, December 15, 2017
"The Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent a letter to Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday saying the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is giving the state $135 million to continue the program through February.
Anne Dunkelberg, associate director at the Center for Public Policy Priorities, a liberal-leaning policy organization, said the guaranteed funding “just buys us 30 days.” If Congress doesn’t renew the program before January, it will be bad news for many families."
As a Doctor, I’m Sick of All The Health Care Freeloaders (from the Texas Observer December 13, 2017)
"CHIP covers 8.9 million children nationwide, and Congress has so far failed to fund the program for next year. If stopgap funding isn’t found soon, more than 450,000 kids in Texas alone will lose access to health care on February 1."
Rachel Pearson, M.D., Ph.D., is a native Texan and a pediatrics resident. She wrote No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine.
"Why health savings accounts are a bust for the poor but a boost for the privileged" on The Conversation. By Simon Haeder, Assistant Professor of Political Science, West Virginia University
Kaiser Health Tracking Poll – July 2017: What’s Next for Republican ACA Repeal and Replacement Plan Efforts?
If you only have a few minutes to spend reading about the Senate's health care bill click below to visit a brief chart from NPR's "Shots-Health News."
The Kaiser Family Foundation released a handy table to help guide us through the Senate plan (The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017) vs the House plan (The American Health Care Act) and the Affordable Care Act.
Curious what the amended version of the ACA repeal bill looks like? Here's a summary from the Center for Public Policy Priorities:
Informative new video from the Center for Public Policy Priorities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QLHaddbjIQ&feature=youtu.be
"If you didn’t have access to health care, you didn’t have access to the American dream."