Gov. Sandoval, Sen. Heller Discuss Senate Draft Health Care Bill

Governors wary of Medicaid cost shift in Senate health bill

Gov. Sandoval, Sen. Heller Discuss Senate Draft Health Care Bill

Republicans have 52 seats, so they can lose two votes. It had been crafted in secret over the past several weeks.

Under Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, states were eligible to expand their Medicaid programs - providing health insurance to low-income people. It also phases out certain benefits insurance plans are now required to provide, such as preventive care screenings, emergency room visits, maternal and newborn care and lab tests. So I have a feeling that the insurance they sell you on the day you have the heart attack might have a few loopholes - like not covering hearts. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., indicated he was open to discussion and seemed determined to muscle the measure through his chamber next week. But its fate remains uncertain.

From a conservative perspective, the chief selling point of the bill is Medicaid reform. And like the House bill, it would restructure Medicaid, imposing per capita spending caps.

"It hurts anyone over 50 to 64 years of age where they could be paying out of pocket costs which average $5,269 a year", Keating said. It would deny coverage to many people with pre-existing conditions.

"[There are] no guarantees that there will be insurance coverage for that", Keating said.

Trump said getting approval would require travelling a "very, very narrow path" but that "But I think we're going to get there". "So we're going to see very significant reductions in coverage in Medicaid and big cuts in federal funding that will result in significant budget gaps for states". The subsidies help reduce deductibles and copayments for people with modest incomes.

Cassidy, who proposed health care legislation that was sidelined by Senate GOP leadership, also was non-committal in his statement about the proposal released Thursday, saying it had some positive elements.

Heller, who faces a hard re-election fight next year, said he would vote against the bill in its current form but did not rule out supporting a revamped version.

KODJAK: Those waivers can allow states to drop some benefits required by Obamacare like maternity coverage, mental health care and birth control.

Heller said it is a "lie" that the Senate Republican health care bill would lower premiums.

Heller expressed particular concerns about the bill's impact on Medicaid, and especially on states, such as Nevada, that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare.

"We made a lot of progress". The Senate version is expected to be scored as early as next week. "The bill would devastate the Medicaid program, our nation's health care safety net on which 69 million low-income Americans and people with disabilities - including 37 million children - rely".

McConnell stitched it together behind closed doors, potentially moving President Donald Trump and the GOPtoward achieving perhaps their fondest goal - repealing former President Obama's 2010 statute, his proudest domestic legacy.

Mr Obama said that though repealing and replacing Obamacare has become a core issue for Republicans, "we fought for it because we knew it would save lives, prevent financial misery, and ultimately set this country we love on a better, healthier course".

AHIP isn't taking a formal position on the bill, and the group said measures to shore up the individual health insurance market are largely positive.

Yet Mr Trump remained confident, although he acknowledged that a "negotiation" might be needed to get the Bill passed.

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