Medicaid expansion, reversed by House, is back on table in Senate

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Reuters reported that about a dozen Republican governors, led by Gov. John Kasich of OH, are pushing their own proposal crafted in February.

The AHCA plan was a poor attempt to change parts of the ACA and obviously was created to allow the Republicans to say they did something to repeal and replace Obamacare.

In addition, the House bill cuts the Medicaid program and allows states to impose work requirements on low-income Medicaid recipients.

Pennsylvania is among 31 states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare, which allowed a new category of adults to access coverage beyond the traditional program, which provided health coverage to low-income, elderly and disabled individuals. Those residents saved an estimated $360 million collectively through the HealthConnector, the state's health care exchange, according to the Massachusetts Association of Health Plans.

The AARP, previously known as the American Association of Retired Persons, said it wanted legislation "that ensures robust insurance market protections, controls costs, improves quality and provides affordable coverage to all Americans". In the years since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, the uninsured rate fell toabout 10 percent, the lowest level in USA history.

States with waivers would set up federally-funded high-risk pools to help those with pre-existing conditions afford premiums. Insurers in states with these community rating waivers could charge higher premiums to enrollees based on health status, and who have had a gap in insurance of 63 or more consecutive days in the past year, according to the analysis.

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More women than men have medical conditions that would've disqualified them for individual coverage before the ACA - 29.4 million women versus 22.8 million men, which isn't entirely explained by pregnancy, Kaiser found.

"As bad as things are today ... what Washington is looking at doing to Medicaid and Medicare and private insurance is going to make it a lot worse", he said.

ME has been held up as an example of a state that had a high-risk pool that worked, prior to enactment of the ACA. It will never happen however, I long for the day when government gets out of the business of making rules regarding the health care or health insurance coverage of a free people.

Several insurance companies, however, have said the uncertainty caused by Republican efforts to repeal the law have led them to either pull out of the markets or raise their rates for next year.

Toomey said they're working to find common ground.