Pa.’s Wolf and Governments Urge Congress to Preserve Extended Obamacare Subsidies | Thursday morning coffee

Good Thursday morning, Dear Researchers.

Today is Thursday, June 30, 2022, which means that the current fiscal year will disappear at midnight. And, as of this writing, there is no budget agreement between the Democratic Party Administration of wolves and the Republican-controlled Pennsylvania General Assembly.

So, with that bit of mandatory boilerplate out of the way, let’s dive straight into the rest of the day’s headlines, shall we?

Speaking of Administration of wolves: Wednesday, Governor Tom Wolf joined 13 other governors nationwide urge Congress to expand the enhanced health insurance premium subsidies underwritten by the US rescue planwhich are due to expire later this year.

Consumers who obtained their coverage through Obamacare paid an average monthly premium of $133 this year, compared to $164 in 2021, after tax credits, according to Morning Consult.

Federal funding has also allowed people with income greater than $52,000 eligible for federal grants for the first time. And more than a quarter of enrollees (28%) paid $10 or less per month for their coverage, Morning consultation reported.

But without congressional action, 13 million of the 14.5 million people who receive their health coverage through federal exchanges or home state markets could see higher premiums next year, CNBC reported.

“Tens of thousands of Pennsylvanians will be impacted if this subsidy extension expires in October, which means their insurance premiums will increase, putting individuals at risk to their health and finances,” Wolf said in a statement.

The Democratic governor added that it is “critical that we continue to make affordable coverage as accessible as possible to as many people as possible”.

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Capitol Hill Democrats are trying to save the grants, but their ultimate fate may well be determined by Congress” Dr. NoU.S. Senator Joe Manchin, DW.Va., Reported Policy.

The proposal currently under consideration would keep the improved subsidies in place for “at least a few more years”, thus avoiding premium hikes. But that “would stop long before it became a permanent part of the Affordable Care Act, greatly reducing the overall cost, Policy announced June 24.

Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill “have long hoped to renew the subsidies as part of their sweeping climate, tax reform and prescription drug agenda. But manchin demanded a smaller bill that funnels half of its savings into deficit reduction,” Policy reported.

In a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders of the U.S. House and Senate, Wolf and fellow governors have argued that “access to affordable health insurance can sometimes mean the difference between life and death.

“At a time when governments at all levels are struggling to find ways to reduce costs for the American people, we cannot let the looming specter of rising healthcare costs cause more uncertainty and stress. to American families,” the governors wrote. “Therefore, we urge you to take action and ensure funding is in place to preserve Affordable Care Act subsidies known as advanced premium tax credits.

Allowing the tax credits to expire “would lead to lower enrollments and higher premiums, destabilizing health insurance markets and affecting affordability for the general population,” they wrote.

According Morning consultationnationwide health care spending will fall by about $11.4 billion next year if tax credits expire.

Senate Education Committee Chairman Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg, for the Capital-Star).
Senate Education Committee Chairman Scott Martin, R-Lancaster, leads a hearing held at the Pennsylvania Capitol on May 24, 2022 in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo by Amanda Berg for the Capital-Star).

Our things.
The Republican-controlled Pennsylvania Senate again approved legislation with veto power prohibit transgender girls and women from participating in girls’ and women’s school sports, Marley Parish reports.

The Pennsylvania Senate has approved two pieces of legislation drafted by Republicans proposing limitations on “sexually explicit content” and teaching about gender identity and sexual orientation in public schools, Marley Parish also reports.

The state house adopted a resolution on Wednesday to investigate the crime in Philadelphia and District Attorney Larry Krasner following fiery rhetoric from city lawmakers who accused the measure’s sponsors of trying to subvert the will of voters. Stone Room has what you need to know.

Even before the United States Supreme Court reversal of Roe vs. Wade, find good healthcare options as an LGBTQ person has been difficult due to the lack of qualified medical personnel and, for many, the lack of resources to use them, such as housing and stable income, Cassie Miller and Jason Villemezof our partners at Philadelphia Gay Newsreport.

The 84 people who signed false documents pretending that donald trump won the 2020 election includes dozens of local Republican Party leaders, candidates for public office, and current and former state and federal office holders. Kira Lerner, Capital-Star for Democracy reporter writing.

On our feedback page this morning: It’s out of time to address the skyrocketing cost of cyber charter schools, David Laponof Research for action, writing. The new gun reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Joe Bidenis a first step. We still have a lot of work to do, Shira Bonmanof the Anti-Defamation League, writing. And to help our children succeed in their future, we need to increase funding for Level Up, Principal of Erie School Daria Devlin writing.

Mehmet Oz speaks at a news conference 3/15/22 in Harrisburg (Capital-Star photo by Stephen Caruso).

Somewhere else.
GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz try to heal the scars of a brutal primary, the Applicant reports.

No, the state budget won’t be finished before tonight’s midnight deadlinethe Post-Gazette reports.

PennLive’s John Baer examines the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision on abortion will have on the 2022 midterms in Pennsylvania.

from Pittsburgh Planned parenthood saw a “wave” of traveling patients since Supreme Court decision, WESA-FM reports.

Can your car to use Sheetz’s cheap gas this holiday weekend? The York Daily Record Explain.

morning call has more on the “Don’t Say Gay” bill the state Senate approved Wednesday.

PA projector Explain how Pennsylvania keeps its voters lists up to date (through the Voice of citizens).

High bills raise questions on how Philadelphia Gas Works bills its customers, WHY-FM reports.

PolicyAP look at the GOPs voter registration gains this midterm season.

A housing market crash would lead to put the greatest stress on black and Hispanic Americans, Stateline.org reports.

Policy considered what Democrats can – and could – do about abortion rights with the reversal of deer.

Here’s your #Pennsylvania Instagram for the day:

What is happening
The House enters at 11 o’clock; the Senate meets at 9:30 a.m.

What’s Going On (Naked Political Edition)
5:30 p.m.: Democratic gubernatorial candidate reception Josh Shapiro. Admission costs from $50 to $1,000.

WolfWatch
As budget negotiations progress, Governor Tom Wolf has no public schedule today.

You say it’s your birthday Dept.
Best wishes go to Capital-Star opinion contributor Anouar Curtis, which today celebrates another trip around the sun. Happy Birthday Sir. I hope it’s a good one.

heavy spinning
Here is an old favorite of BoDeans that popped up the other day – and it’s been stuck in my head ever since. His ‘Good things.’

Friday Free Baseball Link
The Baltimore Orioles dropped another in Seattle, losing 9-3 to the Mariners in a late game on Wednesday.

And now you are up to date.

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