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Overnight Healthcare: CBO unveils new ObamaCare projections

The Congressional Budget Office released its latest healthcare projections on Thursday and its results are mixed for ObamaCare.

SPENDING UP: Federal health insurance subsidies are expected to cost about $660 billion in 2016, including an 11 percent increase in the cost of ObamaCare subsidies.

Out of the $136 billion in extra health spending, most stems from "significantly higher" enrollment in Medicaid.

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ENROLLMENT DOWN: About 12 million people are expected to have coverage through ObamaCare by the end of 2016, a slight drop from a projection of about 13 million just three months ago. And it's a big drop from the 21 million people that CBO estimated would have marketplace coverage this time last year.

It's the latest sign that the Obama administration is struggling to reach its enrollment targets even as officials tout a total reduction in the uninsured of about 20 million people since the law was enacted.

Still, CMS says it's happy: "CBO's new projections show that the law is working to cover the uninsured, while costing less than expected... It's important to appreciate that the ACA is not just about some race to meet a given number of enrollees in the Marketplaces."

Read the report here: http://1.usa.gov/1T8ckLk.

Read our stories here: http://bit.ly/1q4DyqU and here: http://bit.ly/25nP54R

GOP SEEKS NAMES OF FETAL TISSUE RESEARCHERS: Democrats on the committee investigating Planned Parenthood are denouncing Republicans for issuing a new round of subpoenas, some of which call for the names of fetal tissue researchers.

Democrats warn that revealing the names of those researchers puts their safety at risk.

The chairwoman of the committee, Rep. Marsha BlackburnMarsha BlackburnThe Memo: Trump's critics face wrath of GOP base Will Biden's NASA win the space race with China? Hillicon Valley: Parler app risks charges of selling out with Apple return | Justices hear First Amendment clash over cheerleader's Snapchat | Google pressed to conduct racial equity audit MORE (R-Tenn.), on Wednesday informed the ranking member, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.), of her plan to issue 17 new subpoenas, Democrats say.

Some of the subpoenas are for organizations that redacted names in previously submitted documents, according to Democrats.

"There is no legitimate need for the names of researchers, students, clinic personnel and doctors; and amassing a database that could be released publicly at any time is a threat to anyone whose name might be on that list," Schakowsky said in a statement Thursday. Read more here. http://bit.ly/1Rkgxui

104K SMOKERS QUIT DUE TO AD CAMPAIGN: A government advertising campaign led 104,000 Americans to quit smoking, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

In addition, 1.4 million people attempted to quit smoking as a result of the 2014 ad campaign, the CDC said, citing survey results published in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease.

The ad campaign features former smokers talking about health problems they suffered due to smoking, including cancer and strokes. Read more here. http://bit.ly/1SjZmba  

TRANSITIONS: Dr. Rahul Rajkumar is leaving his post as deputy director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation. Amy Bassano will be moving up within CMMI to take his place.

FAMILIES USA SUPPORTS MEDICARE DRUG DEMO The healthcare advocacy group wrote a letter of support and released a statement from executive director Ron Pollack: "Patients win when the focus is on ensuring they get the best quality treatment for their needs," Pollack said. "The CMS proposal takes steps to ensure that treatment decisions are made based on what works, and not on the price tag."

More on the demo, which has stirred some controversy, here: http://bit.ly/1UL9pt6

 

WHAT WE'RE READING:

NFL's concussion research was deeply flawed (New York Times)

Sorry, SCOTUS, Your Ideas for Getting Women Contraceptives Won't Work (Talking Points Memo)

ObamaCare is doing way more to help the poor than anyone expected (Vox)

Illegal Immigrants Get Public Health Care, Despite Federal Policy (Wall Street Journal)

 

IN THE STATES:

Texas Planned Parenthood Affiliate Joins Lawsuit Over Secret Videos (Texas Tribune)

ObamaCare foe tries to save expanded Medicaid in Arkansas (AP)

Indiana abortion restrictions put focus again on Gov. Mike Pence (Indianapolis Star)

 

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Senate Dem picks fight with NFL

OSHA issues long-delayed silica rules

 

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