ACHP Media Monitoring Report: April 17, 2017

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Health care plays into tax strategy
Trump is eager to revisit a health care reform bill because he is relying on savings from the health bill to support a tax plan. But it’s not that simple. According to the Wall Street Journal, savings from a health bill don’t get reinvested into the tax bill, so the lack of a health bill wouldn’t necessarily change the tax-bill math. There is also no requirement that the health bill come first. But the two pieces of legislation are interrelated because the GOP health bill would eliminate discrete taxes created as part of the ACA, smoothing the process of passing a broader tax overhaul.

Healthy Indiana results differ from expectations
Indiana’s Medicaid plan, which requires beneficiaries to contribute to their care, is quickly becoming a model for other states. The plan did not encourage as much personal responsibility as some hoped, but also did not result in depressed enrollment like advocates feared. Health officials say the Healthy Indiana plan has made a difference in communities, and many give positive reviews of the program. Yet, some liberal groups and lawmakers question if the conservative elements of the health plan are burdening enrollees.

GOP proposes limits on medical malpractice
Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill that would make it more difficult to file medical malpractice suits for low-income Americans or older people. The bill limits liability for defective drugs or medical devices and treatment from doctors, hospitals and nursing homes. The bill also caps damages not related to legal or medical expenses at $250,000, although states can set different limits.

Taxes could come with health insurance fine
Americans filing taxes may have additional work to do if they received federal subsidies to purchase an exchange plan or lacked insurance for more than three months. Because ACA provisions remain intact, individuals who lacked insurance must pay an additional fine. Although, the IRS announced it will be accepting tax forms from individuals who do not mark if they did or not have insurance throughout the year.

More young people hospitalized for stroke
The rate of stroke has been rising for young adults, according to a new study. For those between the ages of 18 and 44, hospitalization rates have increased by about 30 percent for women and nearly doubled for men. The study finds that risk factors for stroke, including diabetes, tobacco use and hypertension, have also increased among young people.