Governors Have 'High Degree of Anxiety' Over Senate Health Care Bill

Henrietta Strickland
July 17, 2017

Democratic and Republican governors meeting in Rhode Island warned that many residents of their states were relying on Medicaid to get treatment for opioid addiction, which grips an estimated 3-million Americans and killed 33,000 people in the U.S. in 2015, according to federal data.

So while he wouldn't quite criticize the new bill, [Baker] did reiterate his concern that whatever Congress does, it allows the Medicaid waiver that MA negotiated with the federal government remain in place.

"I'm delighted with the significant amount of time devoted to this, with the Senate trying to get it right and not just pass something", Hutchinson said. No Democrats support the plan.

Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker said he had an "extensive meeting" Friday with Pence and Price and "we're hopeful they're going to get to a point where they're going to have a repeal-and-replace that works".

In signing the compact, Dayton and the other governors pledged to build cybersecurity governance structures in their states, and conduct risk assessments to identify vulnerabilities. "And as a result, hundreds of thousands of veterans would lose health insurance", Fischer said.

The conference's host, Rhode Island Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, said she didn't think anyone's mind was changed. The alliance was recently certified by the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to operate a Center of Excellence. We have about 100,000 Rhode Islanders who now have health care because of the Affordable Care Act, and they'll nearly certainly lose their coverage.

About a half-million veterans today are enrolled in the VA's health care program as well as in some other source of coverage, such as Medicaid or Medicare.

"I was at one of them one night and this guy said, you know, I live thin this town, but the first time I went to one of these meetings I went to one, you know, 30 miles away, because I was afraid that I might run into somebody that I knew here from our town", Baker said.

Even some GOP governors from red states that have not expanded Medicaid are expressing concern.

Medicaid coverage recently has become especially important to Ramos - a routine checkup and blood test this year showed he's infected with hepatitis C. California was one of the states that chose to expand Medicaid, and the program covers Ramos' costly treatment to eliminate the virus.

"What we have is broken. We can produce healthier outcomes".

What's ahead for the governors in this meeting?

Pence is introducing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and says the Trump administration is looking forward to renegotiating NAFTA in a way that will equally benefit the US and Canada. He's the first foreign leader to address the NGA.

Pence urged governors to support it.

Trudeau spoke Friday at a meeting in Rhode Island of the National Governors Association.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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