The Weekly Insight – July 31

31st Jul 2017

This Week in Review

Last Week from Texas Insight

  • Texas Senate: Committee on HHS Bills – Committee and Floor Action: This report contains committee action and floor action on bills that have passed through Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. The bills moved very quickly and are presently being considered in the House.

  • TX House of Representatives: Committee on Appropriations – HHS Bills: House Appropriations passed out of committee two bills with health and human services implications. HB2 removed the Sunset provisions from Appropriations made to The Board of Medical Examiners and the Board of Examiners of Psychologists. HB25 provides full restoration of Medicaid therapy rates cut over the past couple of years.

Healthcare Policy News

  • House Democrats are poised to advance a flood of proposals designed to address the problems dogging President Obama’s signature healthcare law — a move that puts pressure on Republican and Democratic leaders alike.
  • U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday to end government payments to health insurers if Congress does not pass a new healthcare bill and goaded them to not abandon their seven-year quest to replace the Obamacare law.
  • President Donald Trump says Congress should have approved legislation to repeal the Obama-era health law after working on it for seven years. But he says “you can’t have everything.”
  • After spending seven years promising a repeal of ObamaCare, Senate Republicans on Friday morning were unable to pass their latest version of a health-care proposal, the Health Care Freedom Act, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) declared “it’s time to move on.
  • Dozens of House lawmakers from both parties unveiled a series of proposals on Monday designed to fix problems dogging the Affordable Care Act.