Senate health bill expected Thur., McConnell says; could stretch Medicaid expansion but then cut program more than House bill

By Al Cross and Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

Senate Republicans plan to make their repeal-and-replace-Obamacare bill public on Thursday, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky told reporters Tuesday.

The bill is likely to continue the Medicaid expansion, which serves 470,000 Kentuckians, longer than the bill passed by the House, but could make deeper cuts to Medicaid in the long run.

McConnell's announcement indicated that the bill is being analyzed by the Congressional Budget Office, which would clear it for debate, votes and perhaps passage on the Senate floor next week, meeting McConnell's goal of action before the July 4 week recess that begins Friday, June 28.

"I expect to have a discussion draft on Thursday, and we will go to the bill once we get a CBO score, probably next week," McConnell told reporters. Asked how long the Senate will have to review the bill, McConnell said "plenty of time."

On the floor Monday, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer o…

Post's chief fact-checker gives McConnell an upside-down Pinocchio for a flip-flop the senator won't acknowledge

"It has become a regular feature of the U.S. political system that the politicians in the minority accuse the politicians in power of cutting deals behind closed doors to advance controversial legislation — only to engage in similar tactics once they regain power," writes Glenn Kessler, who runs The Fact Checker column for The Washington Post.

And so it goes with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans' health bill, says Kessler as he compares McConnell's recent remarks with those he made in 2009 and 2010 as Democrats were passing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. Kessler, a Cincinnati native, normally gives politicians one to four Pinocchios, depending on how far they stray from the truth; in this case, he gives the Kentuckian one upside-down Pinocchio "for statements that represent a clear but unacknowledged 'flip-flop' from a previously-held position." Here's a video version:

Study finds dog owners walk 22 more minutes per day, at a pace that improves health; Ky. seniors rank very low for physical activity

By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

Dog owners walk on average 22 more minutes per day compared to people who don't own a dog, says a recent study.

"Not only did we see an increase in exercise, but also the exercise was at a moderate pace," study author Daniel Mills of the University of Lincoln, in the United Kingdom, told Allison Aubrey of NPR.

The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, found at times the dog owners walked around 3 miles per hour, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers moderate intensity.

"Prior studies have shown that moderate-intensity walking is just as effective as running in lowering the risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes and other conditions," Aubrey reports.

The study included men and women aged 65 and older who agreed to wear an activPAL monitor, which measure speed, distance and other factors 24 hours a day. Participants also self-recorded information about their own and t…

Frankfort area has an outbreak of a new, stronger strain of dog flu; cats could also be affected; vets say pets shouldn't socialize

Dog owners in Franklin County are being warned to keep their pets away from others' pets because a strain of canine flu has become widespread in and around Frankfort.

Dr. Denis King of the Frankfort Animal Clinic told Austin Horn of The State Journal he found the H3N2 virus capital among “some dogs that had been boarding here [that] started coughing and were running fevers.”

"With 20 to 30 other dogs boarding at the clinic exhibiting similar symptoms — which include reduced appetite, high fever, cough, runny nose and lethargy — King said that it was safe to assume that they also contracted the disease," Horn reports.

"H3N2 is relatively new in the United States, having originated in South Korea in 2006 but only finding its way to the US in 2015," Horn writes. "It is most often spread through dog shows or other events and places where dogs congregate en masse according to Dr. Cynda Crawford, a professor and leading infectious-disease researcher at the Universi…

Study says health bill passed by the House would cost Kentucky 16,500 jobs in the next decade

By Melissa Patrick
Kentucky Health News

A study says that if Congress and President Trump were to enact into law the health bill passed by the House, the nation would lose nearly 1 million jobs, 16,500 of them in Kentucky, in the next decade.

The study is from the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and The Commonwealth Fund, a New York-based research foundation.

Their analysis of the American Health Care Act predicts it would initially increase the number of jobs and improve the economy because of the tax cuts that go into effect immediately, but those gains would soon be lost. “Cuts in funding for Medicaid and health subsidies then begin to deepen, triggering sharp job losses and broad disruption of state economies in the following years,” Leighton Ku, director of the Center for Health Policy Research at GWU and lead author of the report, said in a news release. “The downturn would hit the health-care sector and states that e…

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