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The state has named an Indianapolis-based OB-GYN as Indiana’s next health commissioner.

Dr. Kristina Box will fill the position left vacant earlier this month when former health commissioner Jerome Adams became U.S. Surgeon General.

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Amanda Mills has insurance through Kentucky’s expanded Medicaid program. She also has a full-time job working with homeless people in Louisville.

The Capitol Hill health care fight sure seemed dead. After Republican proposals to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, failed to pass a Republican-controlled Congress, lawmakers looked poised to move on to other topics, like a tax overhaul. But this week, proposals from both the left and the right are grabbing headlines.

With insurance premiums rising and national efforts at health reform in turmoil, a group of 50 state bureaucrats whom many voters probably can’t name have considerable power over consumers’ health plans: state insurance commissioners.

A popular federal-state program that provides health coverage to millions of children in lower- and middle-class families is up for renewal Sept. 30.

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The Trump Administration said this week it was cutting additional funding support for Affordable Care Act enrollment initiatives. Officials said it was because the services had served their purposes, but detractors saw it as a blatant attempt to sabotage Obamacare.

Earlier this summer, President Donald Trump urged an audience at the White House to "let Obamacare fail" as it became clear the Republican overhaul of the far-reaching health care act was unlikely to succeed. 

Mitch McConnell's Home State Has A Lot To Lose. Will He Keep Pushing For Healthcare Reform?

Aug 29, 2017
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Tricia Petrucci hasn’t quite reached the point where she regrets her vote for President Donald Trump. It would be understandable if she did, because Trump — and her senator, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) — are trying to curb the medical services that sustain her 11-year-old stepson, who battles severe cerebral palsy.

In the wake of congressional Republicans' failure to pass a health care bill, two governors from different parties are going to bring their own ideas to Washington.

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