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.

Read the full story here.

 

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.

Read more here.

 

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 brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal The Green New Deal would benefit independent family farmers Juan Williams: America needs radical solutions 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.

Read more here.

 

Dems call for ObamaCare hearings in the House

Democrats are calling on House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin BradyKevin Patrick BradySmaller tax refunds put GOP on defensive Key author of GOP tax law joins Ernst and Young Lawmakers beat lobbyists at charity hockey game 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.

Read more here.

 

Two Dems sign on to 'Medicare for all' bill

Sen. Jeff MerkleyJeffrey (Jeff) Alan MerkleyGOP Green New Deal stunt is a great deal for Democrats The border deal: What made it in, what got left out Lawmakers introduce bill to fund government, prevent shutdown MORE (D-Ore.) on Monday announced he would co-sponsor the "Medicare-for-all" bill being introduced by Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise 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 BookerSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day Gillibrand uses Trump Jr. tweet to fundraise Trump: Bernie Sanders 'missed his time' for White House 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 PaulOn unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 Congress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Business, conservative groups slam Trump’s national emergency declaration 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 CassidyCongress must step up to protect Medicare home health care Ivanka Trump to meet with GOP senators to discuss paid family leave legislation Bipartisan senators ask industry for information on surprise medical bills MORE (La.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamCongress closer to forcing Trump’s hand on Saudi support Democrats brush off GOP 'trolling' over Green New Deal Warren: Officials have duty ‘to invoke 25th amendment’ if they think Trump is unfit 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 HatchOrrin Hatch Foundation seeking million in taxpayer money to fund new center in his honor Mitch McConnell has shown the nation his version of power grab Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Utah Senate votes to scale back Medicaid expansion | Virginia abortion bill reignites debate | Grassley invites drug execs to testify | Conservative groups push back on e-cig crackdown 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.

Read more here.

 

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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