Indiana's ACA health insurance providers propose rate hikes

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The GOP bill also calls for dramatic cuts in Medicaid, and draconian caps on its growth going forward.

If we're looking to maximize worker productivity - another essential pillar in the structure of our economy - ensuring that people have legitimate access to health care is a good place to start. Continuing efforts to provide guidance on health care reform issues, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Treasury (collectively, the "Agencies") have issued a new FAQ related to mental health parity. It is jointly administered by the federal government and the states. In 2015, the injury rate for agricultural workers was over 40 percent higher than the average rate for all workers.

Morally, it's reprehensible to pass a bill that pretty much guarantees that a significant amount of people will die; either by stripping away their health insurance, or making it completely unaffordable. This compares to about $300 billion in 2007.

Medicare is the federal insurance program that provides health insurance for (mostly) senior citizens.

"This bill penalizes pregnant women, children and families at every turn".

Roughly half of all enrollees are children. Consider this tweet from Linda McMahon, who unsuccessfully ran for U.S. Senate before becoming Trump's Small Business Administration administrator.

What makes this so hypocritical is that the Republicans are remaking the health care industry without proposing a health care bill.

Governor John Kasich and Senator Rob Portman of OH were originally opposed to the AHCA due to its attacks on Medicaid.

The FAQ answers one question - whether services for eating disorders must be provided in parity with medical and surgical benefits.

Around 1987, a family could purchase a reasonable health insurance policy for around $300 per month with a $400-$500 deductible.

Republicans in Des Moines and Washington, D.C., have complained for years about the rising costs of Medicaid, even before the Affordable Care Act's expansion of the program.

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The ACA was a Band-Aid that only delayed the inevitable increase in costs.

The expansion has also resulted in better access and better health for individuals. In 2016, Kasich and Portman's home state of OH saved $428 million through the Medicaid expansions! They know that the income-based tax credits that pay most of the insurance bill for some customers shield those people from big price hikes, said Robert Laszewski, a health care consultant and former insurance executive. The cuts focus on two major components.

We're Medicaid-managed care plans. These changes reduce the federal government's contribution from 90 percent to an average of 57 percent.

The AHCA is not a health care bill; the AHCA is a wealth care bill for the likes of Donald Trump. Specifically, it alters the funding mechanism for the entire Medicaid program. In states like West Virginia, these increases will not keep pace with rising costs for the state's sick and disabled. It is not, therefore, rhetorical to ask which city in Montana will account for its share of the 23 million uninsured? I am not optimistic that in the near future we will finish the debate of public obligation to providing health care. And African Americans are much more likely to be uninsured than whites.

Insurers also get an assist from the government.

Now, after secret discussions with Mitch McConnell and other extremists, Kasich, Portman and a host of other "moderates" have done a complete 180, declaring that that they will support the AHCA's passage through the Senate. They will find their costs will be lower across the board.

And I particularly worry about the rural hospitals and nursing homes.

The cuts would cause tremendous burdens for million of Americans with disabilities and their families.

Unable to raise the necessary funds, states will be forced to cut either eligibility, benefits or both.

The health insurer Medica recently said it will return to Iowa next year, a move that saves most of that state's counties from having no exchange options.

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