CNN Money — Families to pay price if maternity coverage gets cut in GOP’s health care plan
Maternity coverage is written into the health law as a requirement for every plan sold on the individual market. But that could change if Republicans get their way to repeal the ACA and remake health care.
The New York Times — Vaccine makers ranked on pricing and research
Generous donor support has gotten vaccines for diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles and hepatitis B to more than 80 percent of the world’s poorest children. But the rest are still missed or do not get the booster doses they need. Also, children in rich countries get protection against certain diseases — like chickenpox, German measles, rotavirus, pneumonia, flu and papillomavirus — that poor children do not.
Reuters — Republicans weigh health bill changes as doubts mount
The White House and congressional leaders said on Tuesday they were weighing changes to their plan to dismantle the Obamacare health law as Republicans’ questions mounted following an estimate that it would cause 14 million Americans to lose insurance next year. Press Secretary Sean Spicer said White House officials and leaders in the Republican-controlled House of Representatives were considering whether to tweak their bill, which faces growing doubts within party ranks.
The Washington Post — Sleeper issue of Medicaid’s future could prove health-care plans’ stumbling block
The proposed American Health Care Act would break with the government’s half-century-old compact with states in helping to finance Medicaid, which covers 68 million low-income people, including children, pregnant women and those who are elderly or disabled. The House GOP’s legislation would end the system in which the government pays each state a specific share of all its Medicaid costs and instead would provide a fixed sum for each beneficiary — no matter how much or little of the costs that funding covered.
The Columbus Dispatch — Ohio’s public health programs could lose $115 million in GOP Obamacare replacement
“We are concerned,” said Jose Rodriguez, a spokesman for Columbus Public Health. He said about a third of the department’s funding comes from federal dollars. He said the state already lags behind others in funding. “One of the reasons we have challenges with health outcomes is because we don’t invest the same amount other states do,” he said. “Anytime you get a cut, it could have an impact.”