US Senate to delay votes on Republican health-care bill

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Younger adults and healthy people in the solid middle class may find more agreeable options. Our state should be able to do what works for people here.

But that incentive to buy comprehensive coverage is far weaker than Obamacare's mandate, which fined people for not having insurance, Jost said.

There is a wide range of benefits for enrollees: doctor services, emergency room visits, inpatient hospital services, family planning, pediatric and family nurse practitioner care, screening, diagnostic and treatment services, nursing facility services, home health care, lab and X-ray tests, rural health clinics, smoking cessation programs for pregnant women and transportation to medical care.

In criticizing the Republican healthcare package, Democrats have pointed to projections that more than 20 million people will lose insurance under the latest proposals. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that would reorganize the market for policies purchased by individuals. All told, Medi-Cal, California's version of Medicaid, is expected to number about 14 million enrollees in the next year, or more than one in three Californians. Medicaid is a cost effective and efficient way to fund essential health care services for children.

The revised Senate bill also continues to cut tax subsidies that have helped to lower the monthly insurance premiums for the overwhelming majority of the 1.4 million subsidized enrollees in Covered California, the state health insurance marketplace established under "Obamacare".

"I believe as soon as we have a full contingent of senators, that we'll have that vote", he said.

The rare joint letter from the two major insurer groups is also a departure from insurers' general stance throughout the ObamaCare repeal debate, where they have usually declined to take a firm position either in favor or against the GOP bills.

The revised bill would allow consumers to use health savings accounts (HSAs) to pay for their premiums. Under current law, they can only be used to cover out-of-pocket costs, such as deductibles and copayments. The value of workplace insurance is tax-free for employees and tax-deductible for employers. The caller said that her husband was sick during that period, but they couldn't afford insurance.

Capito, in an interview Tuesday, and Grassley in a call with reporters Wednesday, said Cruz's idea would make insurance unaffordable for people with pre-existing conditions. The downside is that some employers may see it as an invitation to drop health benefits, particularly since the GOP also would repeal Obama's requirement that larger companies provide health care or face fines.

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The BCRA will further worsen the mental health crises communities across the country are now facing in homelessness, suicides and emergency room boarding, and places burdens on law enforcement, said NAMI.

Historically, Medicaid is a "shared" costs program with the states and the federal government each paying about half its expenses.

The announcements, first by McCain, then by McConnell, dealt another setback to the effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which once seemed inevitable after years of promises by congressional Republican leaders that they would dismantle it.

Medicaid covers low-income people, from many pregnant women and newborns, to disabled people and many elderly nursing home residents. Perhaps more significantly, it would limit future federal funding for the overall program.

Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program cover almost 36 million children. An additional $45 billion is set aside for treating opioid addiction.

Bare bones health insurance plans may be a good deal for those who aren't sick.

Republican governors don't like the Medicaid cuts, and some have been vocal.

Capito said she continues to be anxious about the bill's original language reducing the amount of federal money states receive if they expanded Medicaid to cover people making just above the poverty line. "They've got a better handle on it than any bureaucrat in Washington". "I keep going back to the fact that they are living a better quality of life".

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