Per Capita Caps in Senate Health Bill Would Cost Virginia $1.4 Billion

BREAKING: Six Constituents Sit in Senator Capito's Charleston, W.Va. Office

BREAKING: Six Constituents Sit in Senator Capito's Charleston, W.Va. Office

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito has said she intends to defend funding for substance abuse treatment, but has not said how she plans to vote on the legislation. "My concerns will need to be addressed going forward".

The bill itself is meant to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act-former President Obama's signature healthcare law.

Manchin participated in a press conference Tuesday morning with seven Democratic senators to highlight the bill's impact on the opioid epidemic.

Participants are sharing their own healthcare stories as well as information and stories collected from other West Virginians who are struggling with accessing affordable healthcare. If you can't get through try the West Virginia offices: Charleston - 304-347-5372; Martinsburg - 304-262-9285; Morgantown - 394-292-2610; and Beckley - 394-347-5372.

Mitch McConnel wants to present it next week and give the senators a day to read it and then vote before July 4, 2017. That expansion would be rolled back over time in the GOP bill to repeal the ACA now being debated in the Senate.

"For businesses to locate in West Virginia, owners have to be confident they will have the workers that they need, and it is imperative that workers are healthy, drug-free and educated", Deskins said. I am committed to creating a better health care system that lowers the cost of coverage, provides access to quality care, and protects the most vulnerable in our society. "The Senate draft before us includes some promising changes to reduce premiums in the individual insurance market, but I continue to have real concerns about the Medicaid policies in this bill, especially those that impact drug treatment at a time when OH is facing an opioid epidemic", he said.

Portman said he has been engaging his colleagues for months on solutions he believes are necessary to both improved the current health care system and better combat the opioid crisis.

Pope: Christian Life Has Trials, but 'Jesus Does Not Leave Us Alone'
God made clear to Abraham that he had "a mission" and must not stay still but keep walking and only have a tent, the pope said. But charity, meaning love for God and our neighbor is the highest Christian ideal, not martyrdom, the pope emphasized.

Leaders had hoped to wrap up a vote before leaving for the break.

"Unfortunately, the Senate draft falls short and therefore I can not support it in its current form", Portman said.

Manchin said Tuesday that numerous most vulnerable people would lose their coverage if it passes.

If this is anything like the House version, it is nothing but a tax cut for the wealthy and elimination of health care for millions. Even those with employer-provided care are bound to lose benefits and protections. The provision to maintain continuous coverage or be excluded from health insurance is one of the most startling examples.

Under the Senate plan, older individuals could pay up to five times as much for coverage compared to younger people, and companies would not be required to pay for medical coverage for "essential health benefits" like maternity care.

Trump should be the "Mr. Fix-It" president, Manchin said.

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