A federal district courtroom choose in Washington, D.C., has blocked work necessities for Medicaid recipients in Arkansas and Kentucky. Because the Arkansas program took impact in 2018, greater than 18,000 folks have misplaced well being protection as a result of they did not report their work hours to the state.
In the meantime, the Trump administration modified its place in a lawsuit filed by Republican state officers difficult the constitutionality of the Inexpensive Care Act. The administration is now formally supporting cancellation of all the well being legislation in mild of Congress’ elimination within the 2017 tax invoice of the penalty for failing to have insurance coverage.
This week’s panelists are Julie Rovner of Kaiser Well being Information, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Instances, and Kimberly Leonard of the Washington Examiner.
Additionally, Rovner interviews filmmaker Mike Eisenberg about his film “To Err Is Human: A Affected person Security Documentary.”
Among the many takeaways from this week’s podcast:
In blocking the Arkansas Medicaid and Kentucky work necessities (Kentucky for the second time), U.S. District Decide James Boasberg stated the Trump administration’s approval “didn’t handle … whether or not and the way the undertaking would implicate the ‘core’ goal of Medicaid: the supply of medical protection to the needy.”
A final-minute Division of Justice submitting in one other pending courtroom case — this one renewing questions of whether or not the Inexpensive Care Act is constitutional — has thrown the nationwide well being care debate on its ear. The Trump administration Monday evening modified its place on the case. Final summer time, it refused to defend the well being legislation in full, however stated the tax legislation adjustments eliminating the penalty for not having insurance coverage ought to end in only some intently associated provisions being declared unconstitutional. Now the administration agrees with the lower-court ruling within the case that all the ACA is invalid.
Democrats had been thrilled by what they see as a political misstep by the president. Democrats rode the well being subject to victory in lots of 2018 elections and see this as a gap to pursue the problem much more strongly in 2020. Home Democrats this week additionally unveiled proposals to broaden and shore up the ACA.
The ultimate sign-up numbers are in for people buying protection on the ACA’s well being exchanges. Whereas enrollment dropped barely, to 11.four million, the continued stability of the person insurance coverage market means that eliminating the tax penalty is having much less of an affect than some supporters of the legislation had feared.
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Plus, for additional credit score, the panelists suggest their favourite well being coverage tales of the week they suppose you must learn, too:
Julie Rovner: The New York Instances’ “My Pal’s Most cancers Taught Me A few Gap in Our Well being System,” by Aaron E. Carroll
Joanne Kenen: The Dallas Information’ “Ache & Revenue: Investigating Medicaid Managed Care in Texas,” by J. David McSwane and Andrew Chavez
Margot Sanger-Katz: Kaiser Well being Information’ “Medicaid Growth Boosts Hospital Backside Strains — And Costs,” by Phil Galewitz
Kimberly Leonard: CNN’s “The Inside Story of How John Roberts Negotiated to Save Obamacare,” by Joan Biskupic
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