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Affordable Care Act

Rob Portman speaking
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Ohio’s U.S. Senators appear to be split on the latest attempt to repeal and replace the federal Affordable Care Act. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown has been against it, but now we know more about how the state’s Republican Senator feels.

Heritage Pursuit

The lone U.S. county currently at risk of going uncovered on the federal health law's insurance exchanges has landed an insurer.

Updated 4:31 pm August 16: On Wednesday, the White House said it would continue what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers for another month, buying President Trump some time to decide whether he'll continue the payments long-term or cut them off altogether.

The announcement came a day after the Congressional Budget Office released an analysis that found that ending the payments would increase the deficit by $194 billion over 10 years.

The Trump administration is giving insurance companies an extra three weeks to decide whether to offer insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act markets, and how much to charge.

The extension comes as insurance companies wait for President Trump to decide whether he will continue to make payments to insurance companies that are called for under the Affordable Care Act but that some Republicans have opposed.

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Pexals

About 11,000 enrollees in the Affordable Health Care Act program in 19 Ohio counties who recently found themselves without a single health insurance company to cover them are now getting some options.

Updated 4:21 p.m. ET Aug. 1

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., announced today that the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee will hold bipartisan hearings on ways to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces for 2018.

The hearings will start the week of Sept. 4. Their aim is to act by Sept. 27, when insurers must sign contracts to sell individual insurance plans on HealthCare.gov for 2018.

The highest ranking Democrat in Ohio is calling for a new approach in the conversation about the federal health care law. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown wants to start over with a different approach.

Betting that thin is in — and might be the only way forward — Senate Republicans are eyeing a "skinny repeal" that would roll back an unpopular portion of the federal health law. But health policy analysts warn that the idea has been tried before, and with little success.

Rob Portman
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Both of Ohio’s U.S. Senators say they still think it’s possible for lawmakers in Washington to come up with a plan to fix problems with the Affordable Health Care Act.

GOP Senate Health Care Bill

Jun 28, 2017
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has put the brakes on a planned vote on the Senate overhaul of the Affordable Care Act. Legislative budget analysts have predicted that the measure would leave 22 million people without healthcare coverage. In Ohio, the issues of mental health care and addiction treatment are key. 

When it comes to health care, Americans may be having buyer's remorse.

More adults approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, than the alternative health care bill passed this month by House Republicans, according to a poll published Wednesday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The American Health Care Act

May 9, 2017
Paul Ryan
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The American Health Care Act, a bill to potentially replace the Affordable Care Act, passed through the House last Thursday and is currently awaiting its fate in the Senate. The Republican health care bill would eliminate the individual mandate to buy health insurance, reduce the expansion of Medicaid, implement tax cuts and end income tax-based credits.

Join us today in discussing the effects the new healthcare bill will have if it's approved by the Senate. 

More than 40 senators have signed a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to rescind his executive order promising to repeal the Affordable Care Act.  In exchange, the senators offer to work with the Trump administration to amend the healthcare act. Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown is among the group of senators.


GOP Healthcare Bill

Mar 28, 2017
Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.
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The GOP failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act with their own healthcare bill last week. Today we'll discuss what this means for the future of healthcare in Ohio and across the U.S., and whether or not this means an Obamacare repeal is off the table.

Guests:

Weekly Reporter Roundtable

Mar 27, 2017
Ohio Statehouse in Columbus
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A new bill aiming to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Ohioans from employment and housing discrimination was introduced by Rep. Nickie Antonio on Thursday. She hopes to finally push through legislation on an issue that has been historically ignored by Republicans in the Ohio House and Senate. Today we'll discuss this and the latest in Ohio and national news with a panel of reporters.

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