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Iowa News

Health clinic planned for Davenport grocery store
Genesis Health System announced it is pairing up with Hy Vee to offer a Convenient CareNow clinic. The hospital-based clinic will offer limited care for minor illnesses and injuries. It will be located inside the Hy Vee in Davenport. In a statement, Kurt Andersen, president of Genesis Health Group said the clinics will add to the growing list of shopping convenience. “The health services available from Genesis Convenient CareNow will add a new level of care and complement the services that Hy-Vee is already offering in its stores, which include pharmacists and registered dietitians, ” said Andersen. (KWQC)

Peoples Bank will donate its current Pleasantville branch building to the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics. “Donating this building is a way for us to use our resources to help the entire Pleasantville community,” said Peoples Bank President and CEO Kevin Halterman. Representatives say with the donation of the building the Knoxville Hospital and Clinics can continue to provide service to the people of Pleasantville, which it has been doing for the past 12 years with the Pleasantville Clinic. Pleasantville City Administrator Joe Mrstik says, “The clinic will make it easier for our growing community to have access to necessary medical services, without having to leave Pleasantville.” (KNIA)

National News

Major hospitals group comes out against GOP health care bill
A major hospital group that represents nearly 5,000 hospitals came out against the Republican Obamacare repeal legislation introduced this week. Richard Pollack, CEO of the American Hospital Association (AHA), sent a letter Tuesday to members of Congress raising concerns about the bill’s overhaul of Medicaid and other proposals included in the legislation, called the American Health Care Act. “We look forward to continuing to work with Congress and the Administration on ACA reform, but we cannot support the American Health Care Act in its current form,” Pollack said. (Talking Points Memo)

Hospitals could bear the financial brunt of the American Health Care Act
he stakes couldn’t be higher for America’s hospitals in the debate over the GOP replacement for Obamacare. Hospitals could face a huge financial hit from the Medicaid overhaul as they grapple with lost payments and reduced volume. Safety-net hospitals are particularly worried right now. The GOP replacement could also expose hospitals to greater financial risk from patients who buy insurance in the individual insurance market. Hospitals would also lose a funding source aimed at combatting America’s epidemic of chronic disease. (STAT)

GOP’s Obamacare repeal plan caps Medicaid funding at states’ peril
An estimated 10 million people could lose health coverage under the Republican plan to repeal Obamacare – most of them as they lose access to the nation’s foremost health care program for low-income families: Medicaid. And that would mean a big challenge for states who must decide how to make up for shortfalls and handle any increased health care funding needs among their residents. In congressional Republicans’ new legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, they would slash federal Medicaid spending by capping it at a predetermined amount per recipient beginning in 2019. (McClatchy)

Obamacare replacement plan sets deadline for states to expand Medicaid
The clock is ticking for Georgia lawmakers who still hope the state will eventually expand Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of poor residents. The 19 states, including Georgia, that have so far refused to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act would have until Jan. 1, 2020, to sign up new enrollees in the government health program for poor Americans, according to a new GOP health plan unveiled Monday evening. The proposed bill would then “freeze” enrollment with lawmakers expecting the number of enrollees to eventually drop off as people’s incomes change. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Obamacare repeal bill may not have votes to pass
Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), a former member of House leadership, said Tuesday the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace Obamacare as it stands may not be able to get the support needed to pass the Senate. “What I don’t like is, it may not be a plan that gets a majority votes and lets us move on. Because, we can’t stay where we are with the plan we’ve got now,” Blunt said. Conservatives have taken issue with the refundable tax credit, saying it’s another entitlement program. They also want to see a full repeal of Obamacare’s taxes and regulations. Blunt, who served as a vote counter in the lower chamber, said the final plan would need to be negotiated. (The Hill)

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