The Health Department’s Health Plan Could Cut Back On The Health Care That Everyone Needs
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Health Department Commissioner Dr. David Shafer told The Daily Beast the health department has been working with a national group of health care professionals to develop a plan to stabilize the health care system, while also helping Americans make better decisions about how to buy and use the services they need.
The health department is currently negotiating with the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), and the American College of Cardiology (ACCC) to produce a proposal to stabilize health care.
According to the AP, the proposal would create an expanded health insurance market that would be more flexible than the current system and would make it easier for consumers to purchase coverage and access services.
The proposal would also provide financial support for states to expand Medicaid, but would not provide for subsidies for the expansion.
The ACA expanded Medicaid to about 12 million Americans in 2014.
Shafer says the plan is an important step toward a sustainable system, which will be a key part of the ACA’s future.
“We are moving in the right direction,” Shafer said.
“It’s a very big step forward.”
“There’s a lot of work to do, and it’s really important that we have the right people to work on this.
We need the right experts to do it, and the right policies to be put in place.”
While Shafer did not name the groups that are working on the plan, he told The Associated Press the goal is to create a system that allows health care to work more efficiently and safely.
The AMA and the AAP both support the proposal.
The AP says the AMA is expected to release a statement on the proposal in the coming days.
While the AMA, AAP, and NAS have all endorsed the plan as an improvement over the current insurance system, the AAP, the AP reports, is skeptical that a health care plan that eliminates or significantly cuts back on the current medical services will work.
“What we need is not a new system that’s more expensive and less accessible, but an orderly and sustainable system that will continue to deliver care and services that work for everyone,” said Dr. Michael Weinstein, chairman of the AAP’s board of directors.
Shafers goal, he said, is to provide an efficient and secure system that works for everyone.
“You can’t have a health insurance system that does the work for everybody,” he said.
Shaver said that although the plan would include a few key elements of the current health insurance and Medicaid systems, it would be a new and different system from what is currently in place.
Shas plan would also allow the government to step in to help stabilize the system through its tax credits, Shafer noted.
The plan would be similar to a plan proposed by the ACA that has the support of the White House, but has faced fierce opposition from Democrats.
The new system would also require the approval of the Senate and House, and Shafer was confident the two parties would pass legislation to implement it.
“If we’re going to have the president’s support, I think it’s a really good place to start,” Shaver told The AP.
“There are a lot more issues that need to be addressed.”
The Trump administration has proposed slashing billions of dollars in Medicaid spending, and while that proposal has been met with opposition from Republican governors, Shafer said the administration’s proposal is a step in the wrong direction.
“I think it is going to be a real challenge for states and individuals to get this done,” Shafes said.
The president’s proposal to cut $880 billion from Medicaid over 10 years is the most drastic cut to Medicaid in a decade, and according to Shafer, it’s going to take more than one person to accomplish it.
“[This] is a very important step that will make the entire system less stable,” he told the AP.
But the plan Shafer is developing will also be a step towards ensuring the health insurance marketplace continues to work.
For one thing, he plans to include a set of safeguards to prevent insurers from cutting out individuals with pre-existing conditions, and for another, he wants to make sure that consumers can’t lose their health insurance if they are sick or injured.
Shafi said that the plan will also include incentives for states with high costs to make more efficient use of their tax credits and help them attract more business to the marketplace.
“That’s really about the core of the health plan,” he explained.
“And what it does is it lays the foundation for the Medicaid expansion and also the expansion of private health insurance, which are the things that will help the market function more efficiently.”
Shafer also said that a new health insurance exchange will be launched within the next year, and that the government will be involved in setting up the exchange, as it has in the past.
The Health Secretary is not the only official that the Trump administration is looking to appoint as part of this plan.
Shaffer said that he expects that the administration
Health Department Commissioner Dr. David Shafer told The Daily Beast the health department has been working with a national group…