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Expansion of Medicaid Related to Improved Quality of Care at Health Centers

25 January 2017

As a citizen, a resident of southern Chester County, and a leader of a non-profit providing health care to the underserved, I must speak out on the critical role that having health insurance plays in the success of individuals, families, and communities. Much of the trouble has been traced to too few younger Americans signing up for health coverage-as required by the ACA.

Efforts to address the opioid epidemic could also fall victim to an Obamacare repeal.

Emanuel argued that ObamaCare should be repaired, as opposed to repealed and replaced.

Grove said with Trump's plan Congress would give more power over to the states in the form of block grants to provide health care to people on Medicaid. He said Republicans should work with Democrats to improve Obamacare instead of repealing it. He wants to take care of pre-existing conditions. Numerous revenue-generating taxes of the ACA are already on the chopping block in Congress as it works on drafting a reconciliation bill aimed at axing budget-related parts of the ACA. If he's confirmed, Rep. Tom Price, Trump's pick to lead HHS, could have granted blanket hardship exemptions before the executive order was issued, but in case there was any question, the folks at HHS now have their bosses' itemized list of priorities.

"In my plan, we repeal Obamacare on a federal level, but if states like California or NY think that Obamacare works from them, then God bless them", Cassidy said. "It also keeps important protections such as coverage for pre-existing conditions, allowing dependent coverage through age 26, and retaining improvements to the federal Black Lung benefits program, which is especially important in West Virginia".

Revenue department encourages e-filing as tax season opens
A 2016 law requires the IRS to hold refunds claiming the EITC and the ACTC until February 15 to safeguard against identity theft. The IRS continues to see an increase in taxpayers requesting direct deposit for their refunds.

Amy Knickrehm, 40, of Seattle told reporters that her chronic pain and depression went undiagnosed for years because she had no health care.

There is a massive push on Capitol Hill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act.

Before Obamacare, even having health insurance was no guarantee. Get a serious illness requiring extended hospitalizations, repeated surgeries, or expensive medications, and you could wind up going bankrupt. "Because the ACA has, for all its faults, set a pretty high bar", she said. Partly as a result, abortion rates fell to their lowest rate since 1973, when the procedure became legal in every state. So why not take the provisions in the ACA that have been successful and move forward with a plan that addresses shortcomings and moves us toward viable, patient-centered care?

Sens. Susan Collins, left, of ME and Bill Cassidy, right, of Louisiana, on January 23, 2017, introduce an alternative to the Affordable Care Act. This means that if you have a pre-existing condition and you change jobs, your new insurer can not increase your rates or deny you insurance because of your pre-existing condition. What you might not know is that most of the revenue the ACA raised flows from some very rich waters.

How else would repeal affect you? With a slim majority of just 52 seats, Senate Republicans don't have the necessary 60 votes that they would need in order to combat a filibuster and fully repeal the law.

Expansion of Medicaid Related to Improved Quality of Care at Health Centers