Health News Roundup

Week of October 9, 2017

Health Equity

CT advocates rush to save health care programs for low-income residents
Russell Blair, Hartford Courant, October 10
Advocates are calling on legislators not to include a proposal that would cause tens of thousands of low-income elderly and disabled people in Connecticut to lose financial assistance to pay for Medicare.

Startup spun out from Google parent Alphabet looks to address health disparities
Greg Slabodkin, Health Data Management, October 5
A new healthcare start-up spun out from Google parent Alphabet is looking to integrate healthcare, social services and technology to better serve the medical needs of underserved populations. In early 2018, Cityblock is planning to open its first prototype clinics in New York, looking to use technology to offer community-based care tailored to improve outcomes and engage patients in a variety of ways. It is designed to enable care teams to understand the health needs of communities they reside in while building and maintaining relationships at scale.

Health Reform

Trump will end health care cost-sharing subsidies
Kevin Liptak, Tami Luhby, and Phil Mattingly, CNN, October 13
President Donald Trump plans to end a key set of Obamacare subsidies that helped lower-income enrollees pay for health care, the White House said Thursday, a dramatic move that raises questions about the law’s future.

What Did Trump’s Health Care Executive Order Do?
Margot Sanger-Katz, The New York Times, October 12 
President Trump signed an executive order on Thursday that he said would begin “saving the American people from the nightmare of Obamacare.” There’s a lot that’s still uncertain about how the order will change the health law. Here’s what we know so far.

Podcast: ‘What The Health?’ Congress CHIPs away at health insurance for kids
Kaiser Health News, October 4
In this episode of “What the Health?” Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, Stephanie Armour of The Wall Street Journal, Margot Sanger-Katz of The New York Times, and Joanne Kenen of Politico discuss Congress’ tardiness in renewing the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and play the parlor game of who might become the new secretary of Health and Human Services. Also, the pod panel interviews Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.) about his new Medicare buy-in bill.