Jun 23, 2017

Health insurers want mandate replacement, worry about Medicaid cuts

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The main health insurance trade group, America's Health Insurance Plans, is going public with two big concerns about the Senate health care bill.

  • It wants to make sure there's a "continuous coverage" provision to help private insurers attract healthy customers, since the bill would repeal the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, according to spokeswoman Kristine Grow.
  • And the group has "grave concerns" about the tight Medicaid spending limits, she said. It wants to make sure states get enough funding to keep giving low-income people the coverage and services they need.

Why it matters: Republicans need the health insurance companies to have confidence in their ACA rewrite — and they also need to make sure it will work from a business perspective. AHIP has been cautious, and says it's not supporting or opposing the bill. It just wants improvements.

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The Minnesota Department of Human Rights announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, after filing a civil rights charge related to the death of George Floyd.

Minnesota files civil rights charge against police over George Floyd's killing

Police spray protesters with pepper spray during a demonstration outside the Third Police Precinct on Wednesday in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP via Getty Images

The Minnesota Department of Human Rights (MDHR) announced an investigation on Tuesday into the conduct of the Minneapolis Police Department over the past decade, alongside a civil rights charge into the killing of George Floyd.

The big picture: Complaints of excessive force brought against the city's law enforcement officers "have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents," the New York Times reports.

GOP senators scold Trump over St. John's photo op

Sen. Tim Scott. Photo: Andrew Harnik - Pool/Getty Images

Republican lawmakers are weighing in on President Trump's decision to tear gas and physically clear peaceful protesters from outside the White House on Monday in order to stand in front of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church for a photo.

The state of play: While some Republicans are backing the president's actions and condemning protesters, others have criticized the decision and called for improvement.