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May 5, 2017 / Kendra Allen, Editor

The American Health Care Act has passed the House

HEALTH | The American Health Care Act, the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act, narrowly passed the House yesterday with a 217-213 margin. The act’s passing prompted healthcare stakeholders such as hospitals, insurers and doctors to publicly comment on it and many were concerned about the state of Medicaid. (NYT, 5/4)

The bill’s impact is wide-ranging, potentially affecting not only the millions who could lose coverage through deep cuts in Medicaid or no longer be able to afford to buy coverage in the state marketplaces. With states allowed to seek waivers from providing certain benefits, employers big and small could scale back what they pay for each year or reimpose lifetime limits on coverage. In particular, small businesses, some of which were strongly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, could be free to drop coverage with no penalty.

The prospect of millions of people unable to afford coverage led to an outcry from the health care industry as well as consumer groups. They found an uncommon ally in some insurers, who rely heavily on Medicaid and Medicare as mainstays of their business and hope the Senate will be more receptive to their concerns.

VETERANS | Veterans expressed their concerns and discussed their experiences at a town hall on the DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center on Tuesday. (WAMU, 5/4)

CRIMINAL JUSTICE | After being pardoned from a life sentence by President Barack Obama last year, this man is speaking out against mandatory minimum sentences and adjusting to life outside. (WaPo, 5/5)

PHILANTHROPY | When foundations are examining their board’s diversity, place of origin matters. (Chronicle, 5/2)

ARTS & HUMANITIES | Why impact investing makes sense in the creative economy and how art funders can help. (Grantmakers in the Arts, 1/17)

EDUCATIONBlack Members Of Congress Demand Civil Rights Probe Into Nooses At AU (DCist, 5/4)


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