On June 26, 2017, the Republican Leadership released an amended version of the Senate Better Care Reconciliation Act. It is very similar to the version they released on June 22, but includes two changes.

First, it amends a couple of provisions of the stability and innovation funds section to allow both short and long-term funds to be used to purchase health insurance benefits. This was apparently done to align the program more closely with the CHIP program. The stability and innovation fund is being created through the CHIP program, reportedly so as to incorporate CHIP’s abortion funding restrictions.

Second, it…


By ANISH KOKA, MD

I remember 7 South at the Children’s hospital very well. I remember the distinctive smell, the large rooms, the friendly nurses, and Shantel. For a brief period of time, Shantel and her little boy — a too skinny child named James — were there every time I was there with my little girl. 7 South was the GI floor — Shantel and I were there because our children had the same dastardly liver disease that, for the time being, was winning. And that was it. We had nothing else in common.

She grew up…


Lobbyists have a favorite maxim: If you don’t have a seat at the table, it means you’re on the menu. And that is certainly true for those left out of the top-secret, closed-door creation of the Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act.”

If you were expecting health care policy that maintains current insurance levels to emerge from the ACA repeal effort, you’ve not been paying attention. The stated reason for the Senate and House bills is to deliver on the GOP’s election promise to repeal Obamacare. …


An elderly person in a wheelchair

Medicaid, the government program that provides health insurance coverage to low-income and disabled Americans, is the largest payer for health care in the United States in terms of enrollees and the second-largest payer (behind only Medicare) in terms of spending. Escalating health care costs, a growing federal budget deficit, and fiscal challenges in many states have led to calls to reform the program to decrease spending growth. …


By JASON CHUNG

Picture this. Amy becomes pregnant while working as a high school teacher. Her employer’s health insurance plan pays bill was covers the maternity bills and she happily raises her twins.

Fast-forward a few years. She’s decided to become an entrepreneur and runs a small business. She becomes pregnant again but, this time, finds that her $400 a month individual health insurance policy won’t cover the expenses. In fine print, she discovers that she needed to purchase a special rider to activate maternity care benefits. …


Children in US receive their health insurance from multiple sources: the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Medicaid, employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), or a qualified health plan on the Marketplace. Each offering has different cost sharing and premium requirements, provider networks, coverage packages, and eligibility criteria. This creates a fragmented system of coverage for children and families, particularly for low- and moderate-income families, who often have children and parents enrolled in across separate coverage sources. Furthermore, this fragmentation leads to disparities in children’s coverage by coverage source.

Shouldn’t all children benefit from cohesive and comprehensive coverage?

CHIP was traditionally seen as a…


Amari Carter, 5, protests the U.S. House passage of the plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act at the south gate of the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Friday May 5, 2017. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Buried beneath a very intense discussion on the future of adult coverage in this country has been a far more serious issue in children’s coverage many years in the making.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) and the president’s recent budget proposal certainly have those who care for children concerned about the future of children’s insurance. The AHCA’s proposed changes to Medicaid would undo a half century of health care standards that were designed to maximize child development and well-being outcomes, such as guaranteed comprehensive health care coverage that includes access to mental health services, dental care, and school-based assistance…

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