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Gop Health Plan Could Be Road To Nowhere












Republicans arent even convinced they will find consensus on any specific set of new health care bills. The ideas theyre discussing the ability to buy insurance across state lines, wider use of health savings accounts and cutting federal regulations are the same principles they have kicked around since 2009. But the party is not much closer to finding a proposal or set of proposals that would garner enough Republican support to pass the House. Not to mention, some of the policies the GOP is considering including state-based high-risk pools already exist and dont work very well. Endorsement of these policies by the House Republican Conference could leave Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and his leadership team open to heavy political fire from the White House and Hill Democrats. ( Also on POLITICO: Health law enrollment hits 5 million ) They also have to contend with a tough set of political circumstances including their colleagues on the other side of the Capitol dome. Three Senate Republicans Richard Burr of North Carolina, Orrin Hatch of Utah and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma have offered a proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare with market-based reforms, mainly in how employer-based health coverage is taxed. <br> http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/gop-health-plan-could-be-road-to-nowhere-104783.html





Health law's coverage exclusions concern some cancer patients





as cancer cases start to arrive, said Norman Hubbard, executive vice president of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. The Associated Press report found that five out of eight insurers offering marketplace plans in Seattle, Wash., exclude Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Vanderbilt care available to many But all Tennessee insurers with plans on the federal exchange have at least one product that includes Vanderbilt in the network, according to the Associated Press study. For BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, the states largest insurer, all plans on the federal exchange include Vanderbilt, except for its Network E offering. For the people that did enroll in the Network E plans, we knew this was forthcoming, and had conversations (with) BlueCross BlueShield and other carriers about how to address this, said Vanderbilt spokesman John Howser. <br> Health law's coverage exclusions concern some cancer patients



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