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McConnell faces flak from boths sides as GOP relief plan provides less for hospitals, none for Medicaid

Senate Republicans’ latest covid-19 relief proposal “sets up new fights over health funding even as the pandemic continues to overwhelm the country,” report Dan Diamond and Adam Cancryn of Politico. Mitch McConnell “There’s more hospital bailout cash, but it’s well short of demands. Senate Republicans are pitching a $25 billion boost to a hospital bailout fund, bringing...

Beshear reports 316 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death, cites poor air quality; KHN provides roundup

Gov. Andy Beshear on Saturday updated Kentuckians on the Commonwealth’s ongoing efforts to fight the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). As of Saturday afternoon, Beshear said there were at least 15,167 coronavirus cases in Kentucky, 316 of which were newly reported, and one death, a 78-year-old woman from Fayette County. The death brings the state’s total to 554 lost lives. “This virus is...

Rural Blog: Stimulus package bars doctors and hospitals from engaging in surprise billing

Stimulus package bars hospitals and doctors from engaging in surprise billing The recently signed stimulus package bars hospitals and doctors from sending “surprise billing” to covid-19 patients, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar reports for The Associated Press. The government has also pledged that all covid-19 testing and treatment will be free. (KyForward file photo) The measure, which was not...

Farm Bill seems likely to pass by the end of the year as part of year-end budget package

It seems likely that a new Farm Bill will pass by the end of the year, Harwood Schaffer and Daryll Ray of the Agricultural Policy Analysis Center at the University of Tennessee predict in their latest “Policy Pennings” column.  The big sticking point is proposed changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps. The House version of the bill includes...

McConnell faces diverse pressures on question of repealing health reform law

Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he still wants to get rid of Obamacare, and the Kentuckian is “under rapidly increasing pressure from conservatives to pursue an aggressive path to repealing the landmark health care law,” but it won’t be easy, Jennifer Haberkorn reports for Politico.   Ardent conservatives are calling for repeated repeal votes under budget...