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The bill circulating Friday would allow insurers to charge older Americans 5 times what the youngest group pays; insurers could charge anyone with a lapse in coverage 30% more to re-enter the market.
The shift is almost entirely due to a boost of support from independents. Respondents also overwhelmingly support keeping funds for Medicaid expansion.
The results are important given the concentration of Medicare beneficiaries who are in Medicaid and being treated for multiple chronic conditions.
A popular strategy to help stem the tide of opioid-related deaths has been the implementation of laws that expand access to naloxone, the drug that halts and reverses overdoses. A recent paper has found that these laws did in fact save lives.
The results follow a separate report that outlined the reasons why low-income workers don't seek preventive care, and what can be done.
Two surveys, one each for patients and providers, reveal gaps between patient confidence to manage disease or pain and what they'd like to see from their physicians.
The policy brief outlines House GOP thinking on a universal, refundable, and portable tax credit, state-based high-risk pools, and how to repeal Medicaid expansion. But many specifics, including what it would cost a typical family, are unclear.
The study found that the average healthcare cost of an unnecessary shock was $4470, and 42% of the patients captured in the data received an inappropriate shock. The group included 41% in Medicare.
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