Podcast: KHN’s ‘What The Health?’ Whither Work Requirements?

A federal District Court decide in Washington, D.C., has — for now — blocked Kentucky’s proposal so as to add a piece requirement for a lot of its grownup Medicaid inhabitants. The determination, whereas removed from closing, is more likely to immediate lawsuits from advocates in different states the place the Department of Health and Human Services has accepted comparable proposals.

Also this week, HHS launched up to date enrollment details about these buying medical insurance within the particular person market. Despite efforts by the Trump administration and Republicans in Congress to depress enrollment by slicing outreach and canceling federal funds to insurers, the quantity of people that really paid their first month’s premium was up barely in 2018, in contrast with 2017.

This week’s panelists for KHN’s “What the Health?” are: Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Anna Edney of Bloomberg News and Joanne Kenen of Politico.

Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast:

While the general variety of folks shopping for protection within the well being regulation’s exchanges rose, the variety of folks not getting assist with their premiums fell for the third-straight 12 months. While some shoppers could have discovered different protection (by means of Medicare or jobs), rising premiums have been an issue. The court docket determination blocking Kentucky’s Medicaid work requirement doesn’t essentially preclude different states’ work necessities from going ahead. But the choice is more likely to spark lawsuits in these states which have already had their work applications accepted by HHS. The window for bipartisan motion on well being care prices on Capitol Hill has closed. The Justice Department’s determination to hitch the state attorneys common lawsuit on preexisting circumstances was possible the final straw. Issues surrounding protection of preexisting circumstances will now possible dominate the political dialogue main as much as the midterm elections this fall. Two issues value noting from the month of June. First, the current court docket determination on risk-corridor funds to insurers appears to be a big blow to the business. Also, the Trump administration introduced a significant reorganization of Cabinet-level businesses. Although it is a widespread step for an administration, and one thing that hardly ever strikes past “pie-in-the-sky” discussions, this one appears to be encapsulating the talk concerning the safety-net and social welfare applications.

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Plus, for “extra credit,” the panelists suggest their favourite well being tales of the week they suppose it’s best to learn, too:

Julie Rovner: Kaiser Health News’ “Unlocked And Loaded: Families Confront Dementia And Guns,” by JoNel Aleccia and Melissa Bailey

Stephanie Armour: NPR’s “Rising Cost of PrEP to Prevent HIV Infection Pushes It Out of Reach for Many,” by Shefali Luthra and Anna Gorman

Anna Edney: The New York Times’ “Emergency Rooms Run Out of Vital Drugs, and Patients Are Feeling It,” by Katie Thomas

Joanne Kenen: The Washington Post’s “College Students Are Forming Mental-Health Clubs — and They’re Making a Difference,” By Amy Ellis Nutt

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