Mary Ellen McIntire, Morning Consult

Mary Ellen McIntire

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Past articles by Mary:

Health Brief: Despite Health Bill Disagreements, Senate GOP Still Plans for Vote This Month

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is still aiming for a floor vote on the Senate's health care bill by the end of June, even though lingering disagreements, particularly over Medicaid, threaten to derail their efforts. → Read More

Price Clashes With Senators Over Path to Combat Opioid Crisis

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price says combating the opioid crisis is one of his top priorities, a goal that has bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. But at a Thursday hearing, he faced pushback from senators of both parties who represent states that have been struck hardest by opioid addiction, who said the proposed HHS budget wouldn’t provide sufficient funding to fight the crisis. → Read More

Health Brief: Senate GOP Considers More Funding for States With Low Medicaid Costs

Senate Republicans may provide higher federal funding to states with low Medicaid costs in their health care bill, as they mull how to equitably treat states that chose to expand the program under the Affordable Care Act and those that declined it. → Read More

Administration Weighs How to Stabilize Exchanges Amid Insurer Uncertainty

Senate Republicans said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was open to their suggestions about how to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges, but did not give any clear policy updates, leaving insurers hanging. → Read More

Health Brief: Brady Pushes for Congressional Funding of Insurer Payments

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady said Congress should immediately provide money to make cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers, which are planning steep premium increases or exiting the Affordable Care Act exchanges because of President Donald Trump's threat to cut off the funds. → Read More

Price Dodges Specifics on Obamacare Payments to Insurers

Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price defended the need to overhaul the Affordable Care Act but didn't offer new ways the administration would give insurance companies much-needed answers during his testimony at a Senate panel Thursday. → Read More

Health Brief: Senate Bill Likely to Differ from House on Pre-Existing Conditions, Cost-Sharing Payments

Senate Republicans' health care bill is likely to diverge from the House's by maintaining pre-existing health condition protections and cost-sharing reduction payments that are essential to insurers. → Read More

GOP Focus on Premiums Eclipses Broader Issue of Health Care Costs

Republican efforts to overhaul the Affordable Care Act are increasingly focused on reducing insurance premiums, an approach that's likely to omit broader steps toward lowering overall health care costs for Americans. → Read More

Health Brief: McConnell Tells Trump He Plans for Health Bill Vote by July 4

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told President Donald Trump that he aims to have the Senate vote on its health care bill by July 4. → Read More

Lawmakers See Progress on Health Care Bill but Details Remain Scarce

Senate Republicans are feeling pressure to pass a health care bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act, and leaders say they are getting closer. → Read More

Health Brief: Senate GOP to Discuss Health Bill Policy Proposals

Senate GOP leaders plan to present Senate Republicans with options for major policy decisions for their health care bill at a closed-door meeting today. → Read More

Health Brief: GOP Questions Senate's Ability to Reach a Deal

Senate Republicans return from a 10-day recess under an extreme time crunch to craft and advance their plan to overhaul the Affordable Care Act. But some Republican members are openly questioning whether the Senate GOP will be able to reach a deal. → Read More

Health Brief: Senate GOP Considers Taxing Employer Plans in Bill

Senate Republicans are considering taxing employer health insurance plans, but haven't decided whether to include such a provision in a draft health care bill to repeal and replace major parts of the Affordable Care Act being crafted this week. → Read More

Health Brief: Health Officials Announce Joint Effort With Drug Companies to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Top federal health officials announced a public-private partnership with pharmaceutical companies aimed at cutting in half the time it takes to develop treatments that would help curb the opioid crisis. → Read More

Uncertain Future of Individual Mandate Could Contribute to Higher Premiums

Uncertainty about whether the Trump administration would enforce the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is causing heartburn for some insurers — and it’s evident in their requests to set premiums. → Read More

Health Brief: GOP Senators Set Expectations Low for ACA Overhaul Passage

Senate Republicans have recently set low expectations for their ability to pass an Affordable Care Act overhaul, but that doesn't mean supporters and opponents of the health care law don't think GOP leaders can strike a deal among their members. → Read More

CBO Score Stirs More Opposition to Republican Health Care Bill

More voters said they were likely to oppose the GOP's health care legislation after a Congressional Budget Office analysis, compared to those who said the group's projections persuaded them to support the House-passed measure, according to recent polling. → Read More

Health Brief: Senate Staff Will Begin Drafting Health Care Bill Amid Increasing Pessimism

Senate staffers will spend next week's congressional recess drafting a health care bill, but GOP senators are increasingly pessimistic about their chances of coalescing around a measure. → Read More

Senate to Start Drafting Health Care Bill Despite Policy Debates

Senate staffers will start to draft legislation that would repeal and replace significant parts of the Affordable Care Act next week, GOP senators said Thursday, despite the many differences among members of the caucus over policy. → Read More

Health Brief: GOP, Administration React to CBO Score

A Congressional Budget Office analysis that showed the House-passed American Health Care Act would leave an additional 23 million people without health insurance after 10 years underscored the challenges facing Republican senators as they craft their own bill. → Read More