The law blocks health insurers from denying treatment for medically appropriate FDA-approved treatments, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, Hawaii, and Pennsylvania.
The Cassidy-Graham bill gives states two years to decide how they would use money redirected from the Affordable Care Act and to implement those changes. But experts say that timeline would prove challenging, with one arguing it simply is "not enough time."
Industry stakeholders—from the American Medical Association to the American Hospital Association to Cleveland Clinic's Toby Cosgrove—have been nearly unanimous in opposing the Graham-Cassidy bill, and think tanks on both sides of the political spectrum are voicing concerns.
Earlier this year, Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) appeared on Jimmy Kimmel's late-night TV show and proposed a test for health reform legislation: "Would a child born with a congenital heart disease," as Kimmel's son was, "get everything she or he would need in the first year of life?" Now, Kimmel is lambasting Cassidy for proposing a bill that he says fails that test—but GOP senators are firing back.
By reducing the burden on industry stakeholders, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) officials say ONC and health IT developers will be able to dedicate additional resources toward the implementation of other measures, such as interoperability efforts and the 21st Century Cures Act.
According to Sue Miller—one of Petie's handlers and the co-owner of Victory Gallop, a therapeutic horse farm—the farm is seeking out another horse to succeed Petie. "I think Petie would be really disappointed in all of us if we didn't carry on his legacy," she said. "We have to carry that on."