Last fall, Kim Wagenaar started to plan how she would close the health clinic she runs in rural North Carolina — when Congress let funding lapse for thousands of centers like hers 124 days ago and counting.
Robert Costa discussed the latest details in the Russia probe with The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig and Mark Mazzetti from The New York Times, broke down the new Medicaid work requirement with Reid Wilson from The Hill, and recapped President Trump’s first year in office with this week’s panelists.
With the passage of their tax overhaul, Republicans in Congress have repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, delivering their first major blow against the law and imperiling the insurance marketplaces where millions of Americans buy health coverage.
Right now, there is an executive order from the president to allow plans with similar features to be sold across the country. Much of the work of implementing that policy would fall to someone like Azar at Health and Human Services, which deals with most insurance regulations. When I think of the future of HHS under Azar, I think about regulations like this one.
Maine is the first state to expand Medicaid during the Trump administration, and also the first to do so via a ballot initiative rather than legislation. This offers a possible playbook for health care advocates in other states looking to extend coverage but stymied by political opposition.
These doctors developed and spread new policies that urged all other doctors to treat pain way more seriously. Those well-intentioned policies did not go as planned. They helped create the nationwide opioid epidemic we’re dealing with today.
"A parade of political advisers and Cabinet officials in the Trump administration have come and gone. As many of you know from watching “Washington Week,” the departures often seem to come on Fridays — and shake up our plans at the last minute. They’ve also shaken up the president’s inner circle, casting aside some players and bringing in new ones."