Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare signup groups to get answers on funding this week | Dems demand Trump action on opioids | More Dems back ‘Medicare for All’ bill

Overnight Health Care: ObamaCare signup groups to get answers on funding this week | Dems demand Trump action on opioids | More Dems back ‘Medicare for All’ bill
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Groups that help people sign up for ObamaCare are expected to learn this week how much money they'll receive from the federal government after the Trump administration slashed the total grant money available, according to an email obtained by The Hill.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent the groups, known as navigators, an email Monday afternoon, saying the notice of their grant award is "scheduled to be made available this week."

Late last month, the Trump administration announced it was cutting money for navigators, which also help with ObamaCare education and outreach.

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Dems accuse Trump of ObamaCare enrollment sabotage

A group of House Democrats is accusing the Trump administration of deliberately sabotaging ObamaCare enrollment efforts.

In a letter sent Monday, the ranking Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded answers about the Trump administration's decision to slash funding for ObamaCare outreach.

The lawmakers said they're worried that the cuts are part of a deliberate attempt by the administration to destabilize the health insurance markets ahead of an open enrollment period that begins Nov. 1.

"[I]t appears that the decision fits within a pattern of Administration efforts to depress enrollment and sabotage [ObamaCare]," the lawmakers wrote.

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Senate Dems demand Trump action on opioids

A group of Democratic senators is demanding President Trump take action to combat the opioid epidemic, nearly a month after the president declared it a national emergency.

In a letter sent Monday, Sen. Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyDemocrats slam Trump for considering Putin’s ’absurd’ request to question Americans Hillicon Valley: Mueller indicts Russians for DNC hack | US officially lifts ZTE ban | AT&T CEO downplays merger challenge | Microsoft asks for rules on facial recognition technology | Dems want probe into smart TVs Dems push FTC to investigate smart TVs over privacy concerns MORE (D-Mass.) and nine other Democrats asked Trump how the administration is evaluating the emergency declaration recommendation and the steps it will take to end "the opioid use disorder and overdose crisis."

On Aug. 10, Trump said the opioid epidemic was a national emergency, but nothing has happened since. No paperwork has been issued formally declaring an emergency, and no new policies have been announced.

"Regardless of whether you choose to declare a state of emergency, continued inaction on this issue is deeply concerning," the senators wrote.

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Dems call for ObamaCare hearings in the House

Democrats are calling on House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradyMeet the woman who is Trump's new emissary to Capitol Hill On The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment Brady at White House meeting: House to vote on more tax cuts in September MORE (R-Texas) to hold bipartisan hearings on stabilizing ObamaCare markets.

The committee's Democrats in a letter to Brady dated Friday requested that the panel hold hearings, and cited the Senate Health Committee's hearings this month as an example.

"We request that the Committee on Ways and Means, especially our Subcommittee on Health, likewise hold bipartisan hearings to set the course for expeditious action to stabilize individual insurance markets and lower costs," they wrote.

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Two Dems sign on to 'Medicare for all' bill

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleySenate Democrats block resolution supporting ICE Senate Dems protest vote on controversial court pick Senate adds members to pro-NATO group MORE (D-Ore.) on Monday announced he would co-sponsor the "Medicare-for-all" bill being introduced by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersElection Countdown: Senate, House Dems build cash advantage | 2020 Dems slam Trump over Putin presser | Trump has M in war chest | Republican blasts parents for donating to rival | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders to campaign in Kansas House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus Let's remove the legal shield from hackers who rob us of our civil rights MORE (I-Vt.).

"Health care should be a right for every single American, not a privilege reserved for the healthy and the wealthy," Merkley said in a statement.

Read more on Merkley here.

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHouse backs resolution expressing support for ICE Dems to propose legislation to prevent ICE from shackling pregnant women Senate adds members to pro-NATO group MORE is also throwing his support behind the bill, becoming the latest Democrat floated as a 2020 contender to back the legislation.

The New Jersey senator told NJTV News that he would sign on as a co-sponsor of the bill, which is scheduled to be rolled out on Wednesday. "This is something that's got to happen. ObamaCare was a first step in advancing this country, but I won't rest until every American has a basic security that comes with having access to affordable health care," Booker told the New Jersey outlet.

Read more on Booker here.


Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulMcCain: Trump plays into 'Putin's hands' by attacking Montenegro, questioning NATO obligations The Nation editor: Reaction by most of the media to Trump-Putin press conference 'is like mob violence' Lewandowski: Trump-Putin meeting advances goal of world peace MORE: Graham-Cassidy ObamaCare bill not 'going anywhere'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Monday that he opposes a new Republican ObamaCare replacement effort, saying it does not go far enough to repeal the law.

Paul told reporters that the bill from GOP Sens. Bill CassidyWilliam (Bill) Morgan CassidyGOP senators introduce resolution endorsing ICE Lawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave New push to break deadlock on paid family leave MORE (La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump’s damage control falters Trump: 'I think I did great at the news conference' George Will calls Trump ‘sad, embarrassing wreck of a man’ MORE (S.C.) would "probably" be worse than doing nothing at all on the health law.

The measure already faced extremely long odds to pass before a procedural deadline of Sept. 30. Republican leadership has shown no interest in the measure, though the White House is pushing for it.

Paul said he objects that the bill would leave many of ObamaCare's taxes and regulations in place.

"I don't think it's going anywhere," he said. "I haven't heard anybody talking about it."

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchDon't place all your hopes — or fears — on a new Supreme Court justice The Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s walk-back fails to stem outrage on Putin meeting On The Money: Fed chief lays out risks of trade war | Senate floats new Russia sanctions amid Trump backlash | House passes bill to boost business investment MORE (R-Utah) responded simply "no" on Monday when asked if he thought the bill would get a vote on the Senate floor. He said he did not think there is enough support for it.

Cassidy and Graham, though, are still pushing, and plan to unveil the bill on Wednesday. Cassidy said Monday his office has already been talking with the Congressional Budget Office, even as the final language comes together.

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What we're reading:

A month has passed since Trump declared an opioid emergency. What next? (The New York Times)

9/11 first responders face lingering illness (Newsday)

Bracing for Irma, Miami's largest hospital stocked up a record number of drugs (Stat)


State by state

Ohio's opioid suit should be thrown out, Purdue Pharma argues (Bloomberg)

Seven days of heroin (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Idaho considers a new approach to health insurance for sick and working poor (Idaho Statesman)



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