The Weekly Insight – June 26

26th Jun 2017

This Week in Review

Last Week from Texas Insight

  • HHSC: STAR Kids Managed Care Advisory Committee: STAR Kids Managed Care Advisory Committee advises on the establishment and implementation of the STAR Kids Medicaid managed care program which provides services for children with disabilities who have Medicaid coverage to improve coordination and customization of care, access to care, health outcomes, cost containment and quality of care. They last met to receive information on the implementation of the program and other information.
  • HHSC: Executive Council: The Health and Human Services Commission Executive Council met Thursday to receive information on 11 rules as well as an update on the recent legislative session.

Healthcare Policy News

  • Almost every major medical group has denounced the GOP Health Care Plans. Groups representing pediatricians, cancer specialists, heart doctors and family physicians all agree: Both the House and the Senate offerings for fixing health care in the U.S. would make things worse, not better.
  • As we await the Congressional Budget Office’s score, we can review the winners and losers of the Senate’s healthcare proposal. While the Senate plan softens some cuts from the House proposal, the winners and losers are little changed.

  • A small group of moderate Republican senators are concerned the GOP healthcare bill could damage the US’s social safety net — they may pose at least as significant an obstacle to the measure’s passage as their colleagues on the right.

  • The Senate healthcare plan offers deep cuts to Medicaid, a program that covers the healthcare of nearly one in five Americans. The program provides benefits to nearly 74 million Americans; about half of all babies are born on Medicaid, and four in 10 children are covered by Medicaid or its sister benefit, the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

  • Senate Republican leaders scrambled Sunday to rally support for their health care bill as opposition continued to build inside and outside Congress, and as several Republican senators question whether it would be approved this week.

  • Some in the GOP are calling for more time on the healthcare vote. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine expressed concern about cost of insurance for the elderly and chronically ill, and the impact of Medicaid cuts.

  • As the vote draws closer, Washington Post takes a look at how the GOP healthcare proposals stack up against Trump’s campaign promises of “insurance for everybody” that would be “much less expensive and much better,” while also explicitly promising not to touch Medicaid.

  • The Congressional Budget Office as soon as Monday will give its report of the Senate GOP health care bill, and the results may well determine the fate of the repeal and replace efforts.