Posted by: Audrey Erbes | August 27, 2017

Work on Health Care Revisions Continues Off Main Stage

Work of the U.S. Senate Health Committee attempts to stabilize the markets for 2018., but a new bill must compete with must-pass legislation.  Mr. Alexander says the 18 million Americans who buy insurance on their own are counting on Congress to bolster the markets in 2018, though his push for a stabilization bill must compete with a series of must-pass legislative items next month, including  funding federal agencies and raising the debt ceiling. “President Trump’s refusal to commit to “cost-sharing” reimbursements for insurers and the individual mandate designed to herd people into the marketplace is also causing insurers to request higher rates.”

The Senate Health Committee will hear from five governors — three Republicans and  two Democrats — on Sept. 7th.  Governors include: Republican s governors Bill Haslamof Tennesee, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and Gary Herbert of Utah plus Democratic governors John W. Hickenlooper of Colorado and Steve Bullock of Montana. Governor Hickenlooper is also working on bipartisan Obamacare reforms with Republican Gov. John  Kasich of Ohio.

Republican Senator Lamar Alexander and Sen. Patty Murray, the ranking Democrat on the committee, say governors and state insurance commissioners — who will testify one day before the governors — are considered best able to devise  fixes to Obamacare’s web-based exchanges.

Many Republicans are concerned that their constituents might think they are soft on Obamacare position. “Conservatives are also wary of voting for any legislation that appears to bolster Obamacare or provide a “bailout” to insurers on its exchanges.”(Source: Bipartisan group of governors to testify before Senate Health Committee on health care reform at http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/23/senate-health-panel-vet-obamacare-reforms-five-gov/)

Keep aware of new budget which is expected to make huge cuts in Medicare. It is said that it may be as high as $200-$500 billion. See story at “House GOP Budget Plan Cuts Medicare and Social Security: The spending proposal is likely to receive pushback from Republicans wary of cutting into popular entitlement programs”  at https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/house-gop-budget-plan-puts-medicare-and-social-security-on-the-line/533991/

Highlights of Bioscience Bay Area Events Week of August 27, 2017

  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Aug. 29, 2017, Topic: “Specifics of Pharmaceutical development for global clinical trials,”Speaker: Chitra Sharma, Founder, gCompliance, Inc.
  • Summer European Networking Event, Wednesday Evening, Aug. 30, 2017, Event: The Summer European Networking Event

You can download the details for the upcoming events this week and those through October 2017 with Audreys PicksAugust 27, 2017.

There is a Jobs That Crossed My Desk Through Aug. 27, 2017 listing also available in pdf.

Audrey

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