Overnight Healthcare: Paul says repeal talks need more time | Insurer payments to continue during lawsuit | Wellmark to leave Iowa ObamaCare market in 2018

Overnight Healthcare: Paul says repeal talks need more time | Insurer payments to continue during lawsuit | Wellmark to leave Iowa ObamaCare market in 2018
© Greg Nash

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulWhite House debates vaccines for air travel Senate lawmakers let frustration show with Blinken Rand Paul: 'Hatred for Trump' blocking research into ivermectin as COVID-19 treatment MORE (R-Ky.) said Monday that talk of a compromise to win over conservatives to the ObamaCare replacement bill is "helpful" but needs more time.  

Multiple reports surfaced Monday that the White House and conservatives are discussing a compromise to grant Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price more authority to allow states to waive certain ObamaCare regulations that conservatives want repealed.

Paul, leaving a meeting with House Freedom Caucus members in his office, confirmed that such discussions are in the works, and he indicated he had a conversation along those lines on Sunday, when he golfed with President Trump.

"Those are helpful things, I am hearing that, there was some of that discussion yesterday of giving states more freedom and most conservatives are for that," Paul told reporters. "I think there still is an opportunity for a compromise on this, but I think it still needs more time."

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Paul floats separate healthcare compromise

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), an ardent opponent of ObamaCare, is proposing Republicans leave in place the law's subsidies while spending less on them, a compromise he thinks could gather the support needed to pass a repeal of the law.


The House GOP's repeal bill was pulled from the floor last month after losing support from both conservative and moderate blocs of the party.

Conservatives opposed the repeal bill because they said its refundable tax credits, which would help people buy health insurance, are a new entitlement. Read more here. http://bit.ly/2o3otIs


Trump admin to continue key ObamaCare payments during lawsuit

The Trump administration will continue ObamaCare's insurer payments while a House lawsuit runs its course.

House Republicans sued the Obama administration over the payments — called cost-sharing reductions — that reimburse insurers for giving discounted deductibles to low-income ObamaCare enrollees.

An administration official confirmed to The Hill Monday that the Health and Human Services Department would continue the payments while the lawsuit is being litigated. Read more here. http://bit.ly/2ovn2mD


Wellmark to leave ObamaCare's markets in 2018

Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced Monday it would pull out of the individual health insurance market in Iowa in 2018, another sign of the uncertainty facing insurers amid the Republican ObamaCare repeal effort.

Wellmark said in a statement that it has lost $90 million in the ObamaCare markets in three years and its customers have "endured double-digit premium increases."

According to Wellmark, its withdrawal will affect 21,400 Iowans. They will have coverage with Wellmark until Dec. 31, 2017.

Other insurers must decide in about six weeks whether they will operate in the individual market or raise premiums in 2018. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2nCVdVR


What we're reading

Mylan hit with lawsuit alleging it overcharged for EpiPens (Wall Street Journal)

Most kids who died of flu weren't vaccinated, study finds (NBC)

Half of Americans are responsible for only 3 percent of healthcare costs (Washington Post)


State by state

Kansas lawmakers fail to override veto of Medicaid expansion (Associated Press)

150,000 at risk of losing coverage as Ohio considers scaling back Medicaid (WOSU Public Radio)