HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID/MEDICARE/OBAMACARE (ACA): “And so there’s two ways to deal with healthcare. One is to supplement the businesses that are going out of business, or can’t afford to keep their health insurance for their employees. And secondly, to make sure we make it a lot easier to buy into the Affordable Healthcare Act and get more […]

Read More… from 12/2/2020


HEALTHCARE/OBAMACARE (ACA): “[W]e find that the president is still in court, trying to strip away all of healthcare from the Affordable Care Act, just flat, eliminate it all, get rid of it all. It’s deadly wrong. I think not only should we keep it, we should be adding to it, providing for a public option, […]

Read More… from 12/2/2020


DEBATES/HEALTHCARE/MEDICARE/OBAMACARE (ACA): “What I’m going to do is pass Obamacare with a public option — become Bidencare… Secondly, we’re going to make sure we reduce the premiums and reduce drug prices by making sure that there’s competition that doesn’t exist now by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices with the insurance companies. Thirdly… not one […]

Read More… from 10/22/2020


HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID/MEDICARE/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Medicare and Medicaid have extended lives, enhanced liberty, and put the pursuit of happiness within reach of tens of millions of Americans… In the midst of a devastating pandemic, we should be united in our desire to strengthen these lifesaving programs — but instead, President Trump is once again threatening to […]

Read More… from 7/30/2020


HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID/MEDICARE/JOE BIDEN: “Fifty-five years ago today, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law — landmark programs that expanded the American social contract and reaffirmed the essential humanity, decency, and dignity of our nation… In doing so, we did more than just implement new health care programs — we strengthened the character and […]

Read More… from 7/30/2020


MEDICAID/MEDICARE/JOE BIDEN: “55 years ago today, Medicare and Medicaid were signed into law. And ever since, they’ve extended lives, enhanced liberty, and put the pursuit of happiness within reach for millions. I’ll protect and expand these programs for generations to come.” -Joe Biden, Twitter.com, July 30, 2020 5:32 pm […]

Read More… from 7/30/2020


DRUGS/HEALTHCARE/TRUMP EXECUTIVE ORDERS: “It is the policy of the United States to enable Americans without access to affordable insulin and injectable epinephrine through commercial insurance or Federal programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid, to purchase these pharmaceuticals from an FQHC at a price that aligns with the cost at which the FQHC [Federally Qualified Health […]

Read More… from 7/24/2020


BUDGET/FEDERAL FUNDING/MEDICAID/NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump intervened to cut the federal government’s Medicaid funding for Puerto Rico as part of a larger government spending deal, according to four sources with knowledge of the discussions. The budget deal unveiled by lawmakers this week allocates up to $5.7 billion in Medicaid funds for the […]

Read More… from 12/17/2019


JUSTICE DEPARTMENT/MEDICAID/OBAMACARE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “As President Donald Trump continues to make clear that he wants to kill the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests that a big part of the ACA — the expansion of the Medicaid program — was linked with fewer cardiovascular-related deaths in counties where expansion took place. Between 2010 and 2016, […]

Read More… from 4/5/2019


MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/VOTING: “The Trump administration on Friday [3-29-19] granted a Utah request for a more limited Medicaid expansion, effectively short-circuiting a ballot measure approved by voters in November. The approval allows Utah to expand its program to those who earn up to 100% of the poverty level, or about $12,500 for an individual and […]

Read More… from 3/29/2019


HHS/LEGAL/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal district court judge handed the Trump administration another defeat in its attempt to allow states to impose work requirements in Medicaid, which has caused 18,000 people to lose coverage so far. In two closely watched cases, US District Court Judge James Boasberg Wednesday [3-27-19] voided the administration’s approvals of requests […]

Read More… from 3/27/2019


GOP/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “President Donald Trump last year shut down a push by several Republican governors and administration officials to allow states to offer a partial expansion of Medicaid, a change that would cover fewer Americans than required under the Affordable Care Act. Eight months later, the policy is now ‘under review,’ said Seema […]

Read More… from 3/13/2019


MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “For a second time, the Trump administration has approved Kentucky’s controversial Medicaid waiver imposing work requirements on some enrollees, reports Rachana Pradhan. The waiver, which takes effect April 1, is part of a strategy to surmount a June federal court decision that blocked the Kentucky program, a major blow to the Trump […]

Read More… from 11/21/2018


COURT/HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration has once again approved Kentucky’s request to require certain Medicaid recipients to get jobs or lose their benefits. The state was set to begin implementing the mandate this summer, but was blocked by a US district court judge, who voided the federal government’s earlier approval. Judge James Boasberg said […]

Read More… from 11/20/2018


ELECTION/GOP/HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID/PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Trump administration Wednesday [10-31-18] granted Wisconsin’s request to impose work requirements in its Medicaid program — the first such approval for a state that has not fully expanded Medicaid. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican who is battling to keep his job, hailed the move. Health care has become […]

Read More… from 10/31/2018


ELECTION/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “One month before Election Day, about 30 volunteers packed into a home in this northern Idaho town in the heart of Trump country, preparing to knock on doors to build support for a ballot measure to adopt Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion. Luke Mayville, an Idaho native who’s helping to lead the effort to […]

Read More… from 10/19/2018


DRUGS/ELECTION/HOUSE OF REPS/MEDICAID/SENATE/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The House and Senate have reached agreement on a big package of measures to address the opioid epidemic. The legislation, backed by leaders of both parties, is a rare bipartisan achievement that lawmakers are eager to have in hand when they go home to campaign for the midterm elections. The 653-page […]

Read More… from 9/26/2018


HHS/LAWSUIT/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Advocacy groups on Tuesday [8-14-18] filed a lawsuit challenging the decision by President Donald Trump’s administration to allow Arkansas to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients in the state. The lawsuit, filed against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in federal court in Washington on behalf of three Medicaid recipients […]

Read More… from 8/14/2018


HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Hoping to head off a full expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, some senior officials in the Trump administration and Republican governors have been pushing hard for a smaller expansion to satisfy a growing political demand in their states. But President Trump decided on Friday [7-27-18] to shut down the […]

Read More… from 7/30/2018


HEALTHCARE/MEDICAID/PLANNED PARENTHOOD/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is on a losing streak in court cases challenging its efforts to abruptly change health care policy, but the naming of a new Supreme Court justice could alter the trajectory on some of the most controversial cases, from funding Planned Parenthood to mandating contraceptive coverage. The cases […]

Read More… from 7/7/2018


HHS/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “A federal judge ruled Friday [6-29-18] that Kentucky cannot require certain Medicaid recipients to get jobs or lose their benefits. In a closely watched case, US District Court Judge James Boasberg voided the federal government’s approval of Kentucky’s request to implement work requirements and kicked the matter back to the Department […]

Read More… from 6/29/2018


HHS/LAWSUIT/MEDICAID/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “A federal judge on Friday [6-29-18] struck down the Trump administration’s approval of a Kentucky plan to impose work requirements on many Medicaid recipients, a ruling that could have a chilling effect on other states seeking new rules for the program covering 75 million people. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg said Health […]

Read More… from 6/29/2018