The Week in Review: August 14-18
The Week in Review: Texas Insight Reports for August 14-18
- HHSC: Women’s Health Advisory Committee: The Women’s Health Advisory Committee met in their final meeting to receive information and updates of programs, especially the Maternal Morbidity and Mortality Taskforce.
- HHSC: IDD Redesign Advisory Committee: The Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Redesign Advisory Committee met today to adopt recommendations for their annual report. This report includes the DRAFT report, as approved, as well as member comments.
- HHSC: State Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee: The state Medicaid Managed Care Advisory Committee met to discuss updates to their report to the Executive Commissioner and to the strategic plan they have been working on. Subcommittees will finish up the work begun by the Committee of the Whole. Other issues and concerns were discussed.
- House Bill 214: Separate Insurance for Non-Emergency Abortions: House Bill 214 requires that women purchase separate insurance coverage for elective, or non-emergency abortions. It will go into effect on December 1, 2017, and apply to health insurance plans that are issued on or after April 1, 2018.
- House Bill 13: Abortion Reporting Requirements: House Bill 13, concerning reporting requirements for abortion procedures that experience complications, was authored by Representative Giovanni Capriglione and signed by Governor Greg Abbott on August 15, 2017—one of the final days of the 85th special session
Federal Healthcare News
- Iowa’s only ObamaCare Insurer Requests 57 percent rate increase: Iowa’s lone ObamaCare insurer has requested a 57 percent rate increase for 2018, citing uncertainty over how the Trump administration will handle the healthcare law. In a revised rate request, Medica on Wednesday asked for an increase 13 percentage points higher than its original request filed in June.
- Federal Appeals Court Says Arkansas Can Block Medicaid Payments to Planned Parenthood: A federal appeals court has sided with the state of Arkansas against Planned Parenthood, saying it can block Medicaid payments to the medical provider. It reversed earlier injunctions that forbade the state from suspending the money in the wake of a controversial leaked video of Planned Parenthood staff.
- Many Nurses Lack Knowledge of Health Risks to Mothers After Childbirth: In recent months, mothers who nearly died in the hours and days after giving birth have repeatedly toldProPublica and NPR that their doctors and nurses were often slow to recognize the warning signs that their bodies weren’t healing properly.
- A studypublished Tuesday in MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing substantiates some of those concerns. Researchers surveyed 372 postpartum nurses nationwide and found that many of them were ill-informed about the dangers mothers face after giving birth.
- Trump Threat to Obamacare Would Send Premiums and Deficits Higher: Premiums for the most popular health insurance plans would shoot up 20 percent next year, and federal budgetdeficits would increase by $194 billion in the coming decade, if President Trump carried out his threat to end certain subsidies paid to insurance companies under the Affordable Care Act, the Congressional Budget Office said
- Dems ask Trump Officials for Briefing on ObamaCare: Top Democrats of committees overseeing healthcare are requesting a briefing on the administration’s plans for ObamaCare’s open enrollment season, which begins Nov. 1, amid uncertainty over how President Trump will administer the law. On that note—Hispanic Caucus requests ‘urgent’ meeting with administration over ObamaCare outreach: The Congressional Hispanic Caucus is requesting an “urgent” meeting with Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Priceto discuss ObamaCare Latino outreach and enrollment efforts. In its letter, the caucus wrote that it was “alarmed” over reports that HHS has not engaged with advocacy groups in the Latino Affordable Care Act Coalition in preparation for ObamaCare’s open enrollment.