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Meanwhile, the struggle over women’s reproductive rights continues in Washington, D.C., along with the states. Last week, governors in three states — Vermont, Illinois and Maine — declared bills to make abortions simpler to obtain. At exactly the exact same moment, the Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives took up a spending bill for the Department of Health and Human Services that still contains the”Hyde Amendment,” which bans most national abortion funding — in spite of the fact that most House Democrats oppose the restriction. House Democratic leaders fear that the fight to eliminate the restriction would jeopardize the remainder of the spending bill in the GOP-controlled Senate and in the White House.
- Republicans on Capitol Hill and at the White House are equally as excited as Democrats would be to settle legislation that could keep customers from getting surprise medical bills. It would offer a nice counterpoint throughout the approaching campaign to Democrats’ charges that the GOP has been undermining healthcare with its resistance to the Affordable Care Act.
- A federal judge in Texas has hit the ACA’s supply that health plans must pay for contraception. That is at odds with another judge in Pennsylvania who earlier this season obstructed the Trump government’s plans to loosen the birth management mandate.
- State insurance regulators are increasing concerns about health care sharing ministries, which provide programs offering coverage for many health care expenses. But customers often don’t understand that the programs may not pay for many health costs, including individuals from preexisting problems.
Stephanie Armour: NPR’s”You Could Possibly Be Stressing Out Your furry friend ,” by Rebecca Hersher
Among the takeaways from this week’s podcast: