Counting On Medicaid To Avoid Life In A Nursing Home? That’s Now Up To Congress.

Ten years ago, a driver ran a stop sign as Jim McIlroy rode into the intersection on his motorcycle. Serious injuries left McIlroy paralyzed from the chest down. But, after spending some time in a nursing home, he returned to his home near Bethel, Maine.

McIlroy does most of his own cooking since Maine’s Medicaid program paid for a stovetop that he can roll his wheelchair underneath to reach the food-prep area. His new kitchen sink has the same feature. Wheelchair-friendly wood flooring has replaced McIlroy’s wall-to-wall carpeting.

Trump aims at insurers in battle over healthcare subsidies

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday took aim at the nation’s health insurers in an escalating threat to cut the healthcare subsidy payments that make Obamacare plans affordable, one day after urging Republican senators to continue working to undo his Democratic predecessor’s healthcare law.

“If ObamaCare is hurting people, & it is, why shouldn’t it hurt the insurance companies & why should Congress not be paying what public pays?” Trump, a Republican, wrote on Twitter.

AstraZeneca fights back in cancer with new hires, fast drug status

LONDON (Reuters) – AstraZeneca hired two senior scientists to bolster its cancer drug work on Monday, signaling confidence in its oncology portfolio despite last week’s big setback in a lung cancer clinical trial.

The company said Jean-Charles Soria, previously a professor at South-Paris University, had joined the MedImmune biotech unit as head of oncology innovative medicines, while Geoffrey Kim would lead work on late-stage immunotherapy drug combinations.

Kim was most recently at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), where he worked on the evaluation and regulation of medicines for a variety of cancers.

Trump tells Republicans to get back on healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump and members of his administration on Sunday goaded Republican senators to stick with trying to pass a healthcare bill, after the lawmakers failed spectacularly last week to muster the votes to end Obamacare.

For the second day running, the Republican president tweeted his impatience with Congress’ inability to deliver on his party’s seven-year promise to replace the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare bill commonly known as Obamacare. Members of his administration took to the airwaves to try to compel lawmakers to take action.

Trump threatens to end insurance payments if no healthcare bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump threatened on Saturday to end government payments to health insurers if Congress does not pass a new healthcare bill and goaded them to not abandon their seven-year quest to replace the Obamacare law.

In a Twitter message on Saturday, Trump said “if a new HealthCare Bill is not approved quickly, BAILOUTS for Insurance Companies and BAILOUTS for Members of Congress will end very soon!”

The tweet came a day after Senate Republicans failed to muster enough votes to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature healthcare bill commonly known as Obamacare.

Even Without Congress, Trump Can Still Cut Medicaid Enrollment

After the Senate fell short in its effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the Trump administration is poised to use its regulatory powers to accomplish what lawmakers could not: shrink Medicaid.

President Donald Trump’s top health officials could engineer lower enrollment in the state-federal health insurance program by approving applications from several GOP-controlled states eager to control fast-rising Medicaid budgets.

Indiana, Arkansas, Kentucky, Arizona and Wisconsin are seeking the administration’s permission to require adult enrollees to work, submit to drug testing and demand that some of their poorest recipients pay monthly premiums or get barred from the program.

Remote Coaching Plus Cash Boosts Activity After Knee Replacement

Action Points

  • Note that this randomized trial found that a combination of financial incentives plus telephone-based coaching had a modest effect on increasing step counts among those after total knee replacement.
  • It is not clear how the increase in step counts translates into functional or long-term outcomes.

Health coaching by telephone integrated with financial incentives led to an increase in physical activity in patients following total knee replacement (TKR) for osteoarthritis (OA).

By the Numbers: Getting to Know U.S. Pain Patients

Normally in this spot, we highlight a single finding from a recent study. This time around, we thought we’d take a different tack. We dug into the 2016 National Health Interview Survey — 805 questions asked of 33,000 Americans — and in particular the data on pain.

Nearly 1 in 7 respondents last year reported they felt pain every single day in the past six months. While the current wisdom is that pain is overtreated, we thought it would be worth taking a closer look at other ways this fairly large group differs from other respondents.

Analysis: GOP Failure To Replace The Health Law Was Years In The Making

This story was originally published on July 18.

After a week of high drama, culminating in a one-vote loss for a last-ditch bill, Senate Republicans conceded defeat early Friday morning in their seven-year push to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act.

The failure, at least for now, breaks one of the key promises Republicans have made to their voters since 2010, when the ACA first became law.

“This has been a very challenging experience for all of us,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “It’s pretty clear that there are not 50 Republicans at the moment to vote for a replacement for Obamacare.”

5 Ways White House Can Use Its Muscle To Undercut Obamacare

This story was originally published on July 24.

About an hour after the Senate’s dramatic third attempt to repeal Obamacare fell short — and after almost eight months of repeated congressional attempts to dismantle it — President Donald Trump tweeted that it was only a matter of time before the law fell apart on its own.

“As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal. Watch!” the president wrote.

Independent analyses have concluded that such spontaneous disintegration isn’t happening. But the White House has the power to make it so. In a number of ways, the Trump administration’s policies are already pushing Obamacare into the vortex.