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Q&A on GOP Health Care Bill

Jul 11, 2017
NPR

This week, Republicans in Congress will try to rally votes behind a bill that proposes major changes to the way Americans get health care and how much they pay. Governor John Kasich has expressed concern about how this bill would affect Ohioans, particularly low-income residents and people who depend on Medicaid for their health care.  The Kasich administration has estimated as many as 500,000 Ohioans could lose their healthcare under the bill.  Use this Q&A to explore how the bill would affect you.

Dayton CareSource Employees Rally To Protect Medicaid

Jul 5, 2017
More than a hundred Caresource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion.
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About 130 CareSource employees loaded onto buses Wednesday morning to attend a rally at the statehouse in support of Medicaid expansion. Gov. John Kasich’s budget signed Friday included a veto on a plan to freeze Medicaid expansion next year. Some state lawmakers are threatening to override the governor’s veto in ongoing budget negotiations this week.

   

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Ohioans are reacting to the long-awaited Republican Affordable Care Act repeal bill released Thursday. Many Miami Valley lawmakers and health advocates have expressed concern over the proposal’s potential impact on addiction, mental health and disability services.

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield has announced plans to exit the state health insurance exchange by the end of this year. The decision could leave some people in 18 counties with private individual Affordable Care Act plans with limited private, non-employer health insurance options in the future.

Anthem’s departure is not expected to affect Ohioans with coverage through employer-sponsored health plans, Medicare or Medicaid -- that’s most Ohioans.

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Republican legislation to dismantle the Affordable Care Act is on its way to the Senate.

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WYSO/Jess Mador

Crowds are expected in downtown Dayton Friday evening for a rally against repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. Organizers say the protest is needed as the United States Senate prepares to take up legislation that would roll back key provisions of the federal health law.

The GOP-backed American Health Care Act, recently passed by the House, calls for cutting Medicaid funding and allowing states to seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. 

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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The United States Senate will soon take up for consideration the GOP House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Under the American Health Care Act, states could seek waivers opting them out of some patient protections. The waivers would allow insurance companies to consider health status when deciding the cost of premiums -- and some patients could see premiums rise.  

Dear Mr. President: Environmental "Trumptastrophe"

May 11, 2017
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Dear Mr. President:

"The world I'm going to live in is going to have a good atmosphere."

Fairborn eight-year-old Raina Johnson, who likes Lego games and art, coined a phrase to describe the Trump administration's approach to environmental issues so far: "Trumptastrophe." 

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community, and what you want President Donald Trump to know about the Miami Valley. Submit your own letter by emailing it to wyso@wyso.org.  

Thousands of Ohio residents using subsidies to pay for federally-mandated health insurance could lose that funding.
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Ohio health-care advocates are reacting to Thursday's passage of a GOP health bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The bill is far from becoming reality. But, if passed into law, the “American Health Care Act” would make a long list of changes to the country’s health-care system.  

Dear Mr. President asks what you want to say about your community. Today, we’ll hear letters about immigration, a topic that’s generated a lot of controversy since President Donald Trump took office.

Earlier this year, WYSO producers went to 10 Miami Valley libraries to record people’s letters to the president. Many of our writers talked about the Trump administration’s actions on refugees and immigrants.

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