What We're Reading: Idaho Halts Medicaid Bill; FDA and Bone Density; Trump on Healthcare

March 29, 2019

An Idaho Senate committee killed a bill that would implement Medicaid work requirements in the state; the FDA is proposing requiring that women receive information on their breast density after a mammogram; and President Trump will reportedly submit a healthcare plan to Congress this year.

Idaho Senate Kills Medicaid Work Requirement Bill

FDA Proposes Requiring Bone Density Information After Mammograms

Trump Reportedly Will Unveil Healthcare Plan by End of the Year

Following news that a federal judge tossed out Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas, an Idaho Senate committee voted 7-2 against a House bill that would have implemented work requirements in the state, reported the Idaho Statesman. The bill would have put guardrails on the voter-approved Medicaid expansion. Similar to other work requirement bills, parents, caregivers, people with disabilities, and college students would have been exempt.The FDA has proposed a rule that would require women be informed of their breast density, which can sometimes make cancer harder to detect when getting a mammogram. According to the Associated Press, If implemented, women would receive a short summary about their breast density, and those with dense breasts would get a letter notifying them that their tissue makes it harder to find cancer and could require more testing. They would also receive a recommendation to speak with a doctor.According to a former White House aide, President Trump is planning on submitting a healthcare plan to Congress this year. The announcement comes after the Department of Justice sided with a federal judge who ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA) should be invalidated. Following the decision, Trump called the ACA a “disaster,” saying that premiums are too high and that the Republican party would be “the party of great healthcare,” reported The Hill.