KHN’s ‘What The Well being?’: Reside from D.C. With Rep. Donna Shalala

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President Donald Trump’s proposed funds for the fiscal 12 months that begins in October proposes large cuts to in style packages, together with Medicaid and the Nationwide Institutes of Well being. Though these cuts are unlikely to be enacted by Congress, each Republicans and Democrats are doubtless to make use of the funds blueprint as a marketing campaign problem.

In the meantime, a number of Home committees this week relaunched work on laws to handle “shock” medical payments — surprising expenses from out-of-network suppliers. And Congress continues to be making an attempt to come back to a bipartisan settlement on how one can deal with drug costs.

Rep. Donna Shalala (D-Fla.), a former Well being and Human Companies secretary and a former member of the Kaiser Household Basis board, was the particular visitor for this week’s podcast, taped earlier than a dwell viewers on the KFF headquarters in Washington, D.C. Additionally becoming a member of host Julie Rovner of Kaiser Well being Information had been Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Submit, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Name and Joanne Kenen of Politico. Additionally becoming a member of host Julie Rovner of Kaiser Well being Information had been Paige Winfield Cunningham of The Washington Submit, Rebecca Adams of CQ Roll Name and Joanne Kenen of Politico.

Among the many takeaways from this week’s podcast:

  • One shock within the president’s funds is a proposal to maneuver tobacco regulation out from underneath the Meals and Drug Administration’s purview. That comes regardless of a regulation Congress handed a number of years in the past that particularly named the FDA because the regulator for tobacco.
  • Final 12 months, it appeared clear that Congress and the White Home had been decided to discover a technique to defend customers from shock medical payments. However heavy lobbying on the difficulty and deep fissures in pinpointing the very best treatment have slowed that effort. Shalala stated she thinks Congress will produce a invoice this 12 months that might be balanced in order that insurers and medical suppliers must compromise.
  • Shalala stated that within the 21 city conferences she has held in South Florida, nobody has requested about efforts to finish shock payments. A lot of the well being questions give attention to excessive drug costs and out-of-pocket prices. Excessive out-of-pocket prices have been pushed by the massive variety of individuals shifted into high-deductible insurance policy.
  • Shalala additionally stated she doesn’t anticipate a plan to import medicine from Canada, endorsed by the Trump administration and a few states, to go ahead. Drugmakers promote Canada sufficient medication to cowl the inhabitants there, and never customers in Florida, she added.

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