ByMary Meehan (OVR) & Jeff Young (OVR) & Aaron Payne (OVR)•Jul 24, 2017
As the Senate nears a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act, some Ohio Valley lawmakers and residents are increasingly uneasy with the potential effects. Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia are highly dependent on Medicaid, and proposed changes could have bigger effects here than almost anywhere else in the country. The Ohio Valley ReSource has an analysis of how the heated debate has shed light on the region’s health concerns.
More than 14 million people got health coverage through Medicaid because of the Affordable Care Act. That was a boon for rural hospitals, who traditionally serve patients who are poor and don't have health insurance.
The next few days will be critical for Senate Republicans' effort to repeal and replace key parts of the Affordable Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will release a new version of the bill Thursday, and aims to hold a key vote on it early next week.
If that process fails, McConnell has floated the idea of working with Democrats on a bipartisan measure. "No action is not an alternative," he said in Kentucky during the July 4th recess. "We've got the insurance markets imploding all over the country."
As Vice President Mike Pence prepared for an event in Lexington today at a party supply center, a small crowd gathered outside. Kimberley Spencer works at an elementary school cafeteria in Lexington and showed up to protest the event.
Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to be in Lexington on Wednesday as part of the Administration’s efforts to get support for the health care bill being considered in the Senate. Arriving on Air Force Two with the Vice President will be Sixth District Representative Andy Barr.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., plans to release an updated Republican health care bill on Thursday and is delaying the body's annual August recess by two weeks in an effort to generate momentum for the beleaguered legislation.