The James Group Newsletter Volume 4, Number 12: GOP Returns From Break, Campus Health Plans, Price of a Sunburn, Charlie Gard Case, Impasse Over Obamacare, Podcast-Why Is This Stuff So Complicated, Slide From Middle Class to Medicaid, New CDC Director
July 11, 2017
Volume 4, Number 12
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Politico: Senate GOP Returns From Break No Closer To Obamacare Deal Senate Republicans appear miles away from their long-sought repeal of Obamacare, returning to Washington on Monday with just a few weeks to put the pieces back together before they could be forced to abandon their partisan attempts at a health care overhaul altogether. (Everett, 7/9)
The New York Times: Do College Students Need The Campus Health Plan? If you’re packing a child off to college this summer, the extra-long sheets and shower caddies can wait. Health insurance should be at the top of your to-do list. Many private colleges and public universities require full-time residential students to have health insurance, and some aggressively market their own plans, automatically enrolling incoming students in their insurance plan and adding the premium — which can be several thousand dollars a year — to the tuition bill. (Rabin, 7/7)
Source: The New York Times
The Washington Post: The Price Of A Sunburn Is Higher Than You May Realize Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a “good base tan.” She used to slather on the baby oil while using a large reflector to bake away. Aunt Muriel’s mantra when the inevitable burn and peel appeared: Beauty has its price. (Hanson, 7/8)
Source: The Washington Post
The Associated Press: Charlie Gard Case Heads To UK Court In Light Of New Evidence A British court will assess new evidence in the case of 11-month-old Charlie Gard as his mother pleaded with judges to allow the terminally ill infant to receive experimental treatment. Great Ormond Street Hospital applied for the court hearing to be held Monday amid “new evidence relating to potential treatment for his condition.” (7/10)
Source: The Associated Press
Los Angeles Times: With Senate Republicans At An Impasse Over Obamacare, Many Ask: Now What? Senate Republicans, having hit an apparent impasse in their long campaign to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, return to Washington this week in search of a way forward, with support dwindling, time running out and deep divisions within their ranks. Options are limited as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) assesses the legislative landscape for his Obamacare replacement, which has virtually no hope of passing unless it is substantially amended. (Mascaro and Levey, 7/10)
Source: Los Angeles Times
Kaiser Health News: Podcast: What The Health? Why Is This Stuff So Complicated? Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Joanne Kenen of Politico, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times and Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Post discuss the latest on the Senate’s effort to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, and why it is so difficult to make popular changes, such as requiring insurers to cover people with preexisting health conditions. (7/6)
Source: Kaiser Health News
The New York Times: One Woman’s Slide From The Upper Middle Class To Medicaid A dozen or so years into retirement, Rita Sherman had plenty going for her financially. Recently widowed, she had a net worth of roughly $600,000 as of 1998. Her health was excellent, and she dutifully purchased a long-term care insurance policy that would cover three years of nursing home costs should she ever need help. Watching over it all was her daughter, a medical social worker, and her son-in-law, a financial planner. (Lieber, 7/7)
Source: The New York Times
Stat: Brenda Fitzgerald Is Expected To Be Named New CDC Director Georgia’s public health commissioner, an obstetrician-gynecologist and two-time Republican candidate for Congress, is expected to be named the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to multiple reports. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald will replace Dr. Tom Frieden, who served as CDC director for eight years before stepping down in January. (Branswell, 7/6)
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