Well, in perhaps the biggest upset in history, our new President is Donald Trump. His victory, along with Republican control of the Congress, all but assures that there will be significant changes in health care laws. The net is buzzing with intrigue, predictions, and the like. In about a week I will be publishing a short article addressing this issue in more depth, but of course some of the biggest questions are:
- What will happen with ObamaCare? Will it be repealed? If so, will it be replaced immediately or will there be an extended transition to a new as yet undetermined policy? Will it be amended but not repealed? If so, how will it be amended?
- Will the 30+ States that elected the Medicaid option find that things have changed for the worse? Will the option be revoked entirely? Will there be Medicaid block funding, State by State and, if so, how will it work?
- Will Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare to a block grant per person finally have an opportunity to become law (remember, it will need 60 votes in the Senate)?
- Will MACRA, and its 2100 page Final Rule that is three weeks old, continue unabated (it was overwhelming approved on a bipartisan basis in both houses)?
2017 will clearly be a very busy year for health care professionals. I look forward to it!
I hope you enjoy this new issue.