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Here’s a look at top prospects to watch in today’s Minor League action:
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Hitter to watch: Ozzie Albies (Braves’ No. 1), Gwinnett at Norfolk (12:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Albies reached base in each of his five plate appearances out of the leadoff spot
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Pitcher to watch: Carson Fulmer (White Sox No. 5), Charlotte vs. Durham (7:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Fulmer, MLBPipeline.com’s No. 63 overall prospect, has been a model of
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Duel of the day: Walker Buehler (Dodgers’ No. 5) vs. Jack Flaherty (Cardinals’ No. 8), Tulsa at Springfield (12:10 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

Buehler, 22, is set to make his second start for Tulsa since being promoted to the Double-A level. The No. 84 overall prospect worked a season-high four innings in his Drillers debut, allowing two earned runs on six hits and one walk with three strikeouts. Before joining Tulsa, Buehler posted a 1.77 ERA with 30 strikeouts in
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Flaherty enters the day with an unblemished 6-0 record through seven starts for Springfield. The 21-year-old righty has been as good as his record suggests, as he
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third in strikeouts (45).

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Angels’ Kole Calhoun, Custom Orioles Jersey Mike Trout homer in win

ANAHEIM — Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout smashed back-to-back home runs off
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Calhoun blasted a three-run homer to right-center field to tie the game, 3-3, before Trout followed with a solo shot — his 12th of the season — to left to put the Halos in front, 4-3. It was the first time the Angels have produced back-to-back home runs this year.

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Trout has now homered in four consecutive games, becoming the first Angel to accomplish the feat since Mark Trumbo did it in May 2012.

“Unbelievable,” Calhoun said. “His first game [back from hamstring tightness] he didn’t get a hit, and now he’s back to Mike Trout. Every day he’s going to amaze you with something.”

Martin Maldonado added a solo homer in the seventh to help back a strong outing from Angels right-hander Jesse Chavez, who allowed three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts over seven-plus innings. Chavez became only the second Angels pitcher to work into the eighth this season, though he opened the inning by walking Tyler Saladino, prompting Angels manager Mike Scioscia to lift him in favor of Jose Alvarez. It still marked Chavez’s longest start since Aug. 19, 2015.

“I just roll with the punches,” Chavez said. “Today he was able to instill that trust in me and go back out there for that eighth. He gave me that leash, and I didn’t take advantage of it to earn that trust a little bit, but next time he gives it to me, I’m going to take it.”

Chavez retired the first nine batters he faced, but he stumbled in the fourth, yielding a two-run blast to Jose Abreu that gave the White Sox a 2-0 lead. Saladino extended Chicago’s lead to 3-0 with an RBI triple in the fifth, but that proved to be the extent of the damage against Chavez.

The White Sox threatened in the ninth, putting runners on first and second with two outs against closer Bud Norris, but Norris struck out Kevan Smith looking to
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Pelfrey lasted only 4 2/3 innings in his fifth start of the season for the White Sox, surrendering four runs on three hits while walking three and striking out two. Pelfrey allowed just two baserunners through the first four innings before losing his command in the fifth, when he issued two walks and a pair of homers to fuel the Angels’ rally.

“He was throwing a lot of strikes,” said White Sox manager Rick Renteria. “His breaking ball was working well. I thought he was working both sides of the plate. In the end, it started to sputter a little bit. He gave us what he could give us. He gave us a chance to win that ballgame. And quite frankly, I didn’t take advantage of it.”

Pelfrey blamed going deep into counts on too many hitters.

“I’m pretty frustrated,” Pelfrey said. “Pretty disappointed. Pretty tough to
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Angels rock Pelfrey for four runs: The Angels had just one hit entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but they erased a three-run deficit by erupting for four runs behind Calhoun and Trout’s homers. Still, Cameron Maybin ignited the comeback by drawing a one-out walk on a 3-2 sinker from Pelfrey that appeared to be strike three but was called a ball by home plate umpire Mike DiMuro.
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But Pelfrey could not escape trouble, as Calhoun and Trout subsequently went deep to shift the momentum in the Angels’ favor. More >

Chavez’s shutdown inning: After the Angels took a 4-3 lead, Chavez came out for the sixth and gave up a leadoff single Melky Cabrera, putting the tying run on first for Chicago. Still, Chavez averted danger by coaxing a flyout from Abreu, a forceout from Leury Garcia and a groundout from Todd Frazier to leave the runner stranded, preserving the Halos’ slim lead.

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Anthony Swarzak allowed a two-out double to Andrelton Simmons in the sixth. The White Sox right-hander had allowed one hit in his previous 48 hitters faced.
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WHAT’S NEXT
White Sox: Left-hander Derek Holland is scheduled to make his eighth start
Website Tuesday at 9:07 p.m. CT. Holland is coming off his worst outing of the season, yet only gave up three earned runs in five innings against the Twins. On the season he is 3-3 with a 2.43 ERA.

Angels: Right-hander JC Ramirez will take the mound for the Angels on Tuesday in the second game of their three-game series against the White Sox at 7:07 p.m. PT at Angel Stadium. In two career relief appearances against Chicago, Ramirez is 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA.

Watch every out-of-market regular-season game live on MLB.TV.

Maria Guardado covers the Angels for MLB.com.

Steve Dilbeck is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Monday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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Custom Twins Jersey Rick Renteria regrets not pulling Mike Pelfrey

ANAHEIM — Since the start of his White Sox managerial tenure, Rick Renteria
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Mike Pelfrey, who was effectively wild for most of the night, had a two-on, two-out situation in the fifth inning with the White Sox leading by a 3-0 margin and left-handed-hitting Kole Calhoun at the plate. Renteria had left-handed reliever Dan Jennings warming in the bullpen, but chose to stay with Pelfrey and try to
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“Pelf gave us a nice four-plus innings. Really, he gave us enough to do what we need to do,” Renteria said. “I had those guys out there ready to pick him up and I didn’t. I went against my better judgment.

“Honestly, we had [Jennings] ready for Calhoun and a righty ready. That’s not any of their faults but mine. At least it would have given us a better chance. I can’t guarantee that the outcome would have been what we wanted, but the
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Anthony Swarzak, who yielded a double Andrelton Simmons in the sixth inning — the second hit allowed to the last 50 batters faced — replaced Pelfrey in the fifth. Swarzak was ready to face Mike Trout after Calhoun, but Pelfrey stayed in the game and yielded Trout’s go-ahead home run.

Pelfrey went to at least a three-ball count against 11 Angels hitters. Cameron Maybin worked the count full with one out in the fateful fifth, but Pelfrey’s 3-2 sinker within the strike zone was called ball four by home plate umpire Mike
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“I’m pretty frustrated. Pretty disappointed. Pretty tough to swallow after being given that 3-0 lead and giving it right back. It [stinks],” Pelfrey told reporters after falling to 0-4. “I felt like it was 3-2 to everybody. Eventually it caught up to
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In five starts with the White Sox, Pelfrey has worked into the sixth inning only one time. The deeper he works, the more problems Pelfrey seems to face. He now has allowed nine of his 16 runs this season in pitches 75 to 100.

That statistic also could have factored into the pitching-change decision for Renteria. Instead, it became a tough but teachable moment for Renteria himself.

“Today my emotions for an individual came before the reality of managing for a team,” Renteria said. “You cannot do that and win ballgames consistently over an
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“This one doesn’t sit well with me. I’m sure it doesn’t sit well with very many
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Custom Twins Jersey White Sox hold off promoting top prospects

CHICAGO — The murmurs began on social media shortly after the White Sox optioned infielder Cody Asche to Triple-A Charlotte following Sunday’s win over
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Could this move mean the arrival of Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball per MLBPipeline.com?

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When the White Sox quickly advised a pitcher would be added prior to Monday night’s series opener in Anaheim, the guessing switched to potential additions for
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Some people point to service time as an issue for the big league start with these
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General manager Rick Hahn addressed that point during a recent conversation
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“We want him to be in a position to succeed when he gets here and not just survive,” Hahn said of Burdi but also making a point applicable to all of these prospects. “His stuff is probably good enough to survive. Now we are getting close to the point where you see that level of consistency that makes you feel comfortable to give him that next challenge here up in Chicago.”

A goal for the White Sox in regard to this critical mass of talent is having them stay in the Majors once they arrive. They don’t want Moncada to come up for a
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Obviously, that callup process doesn’t rank as an exact science. Aaron Rowand and Joe Crede, two accomplished Major Leaguers who made major contributions to the 2005 White Sox World Series championship, had to go back to the Minors
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So while there’s an overall desire for what shapes up as an exciting future to begin as soon as possible for the South Siders, the organization understands the wait should be worth it.

“You do want them to be as well-equipped as possible,” Hahn said. “You make adjustments to a player’s defensive approach, and you want that to become second nature at the Minor League level. When you get to the bigs, the game is a little quicker and everything moves a little faster.

“If those alterations aren’t ingrained at that point, it might be a little harder to execute up at this level. You want to be as confident as you can any changes you’ve made have taken hold and become second nature for the player.”

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog,
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CHICAGO — The most solid of contact made by the White Sox during an eight-run eighth inning in a 9-3 victory over the Padres Sunday was Todd Frazier’s towering bid for a grand slam resulting in the frame’s final out.

That rally off of San Diego relievers Ryan Buchter, Brandon Maurer and Craig
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“We gave one away today,” Padres manager Andy Green said. “It was a painful
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“Eight-run eighth, that doesn’t happen too often in the game of baseball,” Frazier said. “Guys battling. A walk here, a couple knocks here, and away we go. Everybody just battling their butt off, taking really good at-bats and waiting for their pitch. It was a lot of fun.”

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Buchter assisted the comeback for the White Sox by issuing one-out walks to
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Tyler Saladino followed with a popped up bunt caught by first baseman Will Myers for the second out. But when Myers turned his back on the play, Frazier
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“I’m just curious if it’s a sac fly or not,” Frazier said. “Me and Sally were trying to talk. Hopefully it is. Just one of those things. You just read what’s going on, and
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Fourteen hitters in total came to the plate for the White Sox, who picked up their seventh come-from-behind victory and improved to 2-17 when trailing after seven innings. The ’17 Padres won’t exactly be confused with the ’27 Yankees, but the miscues coming with a youthful rebuild engaged in by San Diego shouldn’t
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Jose Quintana finished with his 60th no-decision since ’12, ranking No. 1 in the Majors in this dubious category. He has received two runs or less of support in six of his eight starts this season, but even if the offense didn’t score for him, it scored big for the team.

“Really good comeback and we take the series. That’s the most important thing here,” Quintana said. “I tried to throw the ball well and get some quick outs. I’m a little frustrated because I didn’t [pitch well enough to] get the win, but the most important thing here is the team won.”

“You’ve got to think that way. That’s what we’ve got to do,” said Frazier of erasing the 3-1 deficit. “And then I came up with a walk, pushed it a little bit, put a little more pressure on him. Then we opened the floodgates with the two-RBI single
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Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk’s Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball
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INDIANAPOLIS — Mere words don’t do justice to the five-tool skill level possessed by Yoan Moncada, the No. 1 prospect  in all of baseball per MLBPipeline.com and
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But Moncada’s teammates did their best to sum him up on the field before their series opener with Indianapolis.

“The guy is incredible,” said White Sox pitcher Carson Fulmer, the team’s fifth-ranked prospect. “He has outstanding abilities. We are glad that he’s on our team
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“He’s great. He’s a special player,” White Sox pitcher Tyler Danish said. “You get to see something you don’t really see a lot every night, power-wise, speed-wise,
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Moncada backed up those compliments by earning the International League Batter of the Week for May 1-7. The 21-year-old finished 11-for-22 with two home runs, four RBIs, eight runs scored and an .818 slugging percentage in six games. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound switch-hitter is batting .352 with six homers, 11 RBIs, 24 runs scored, seven stolen bases, a .427 on-base percentage and .565 slugging
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percentage over 27 games entering Monday.

Everyone can agree Moncada possesses Major League talent and quite possibly elite Major League talent. That immense talent doesn’t necessarily mean Moncada is ready for the Majors tomorrow or next week or even next month.

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It’s an important learning process for an individual who came into this season with 20 big league plate appearances but also no at-bats at the Triple-A level.

“I’ve learned that baseball is a process. You have to go step by step,” said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. “That’s one of the things I learned this year. Also I learned that you have to make adjustments at every level, but especially in the big leagues.

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One other trait used to describe Moncada is “quiet.” It’s not that Moncada has been overwhelmed by fame — he actually seems to have a solid grasp on the attention by media and fans and the high level of expectations as the centerpiece of a five-player trade sending Chris Sale to Boston.

That quietness denotes Moncada’s personality, although certainly doesn’t prevent him from talking to manager Mark Grudzielanek or conversing with his teammates. Grudzielanek described Moncada as loosening up a bit and one of those guys you have to get to know before playing around with him.

As for his Major League preparedness, Grudzielanek knows Moncada will benefit in more ways than at-bats and defensive reps in the Minors.

“There are so many more little things, detailed stuff, you have to learn and understand,” Grudzielanek said. “He’s there, he’s getting there. You could throw him up there right now and he’d be fine; there’s no question about it. There will be some things there, ‘How come he didn’t know that, or this?’

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Little Creatures products brewed in Geelong, 75 km southwest of Melbourne, will be exported into Asia in an attempt to harness the lucrative Chinese market.

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The company has already opened a successful brew bar in Hong Kong.

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Chinese company DXCEL will act as distribution partner for Lion products in China.

Research published in 2015 found that more than 25 billion liters of beer were consumed in China every year, more than double the amount consumed in the US.

Little Creatures already has some market penetration in China, having launched a successful pop-up bar on Dagu Road in Shanghai in early 2017.

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Repeal the Obamacare subsidies. The GOP’s plan would eliminate the
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Provide refundable tax credits based on age and income instead. The Republicans want to issue refundable tax credits to help people afford coverage on the individual market, but these credits will be based mainly on a person’s age.

The credits will range from $2,000 for 20-somethings to $4,000 for those in their early 60s. The credits will also have an income cap. Those making more than $75,000 would see their tax credits start to phase out, and an enrollee making more than $215,000 would no longer be eligible. Families with incomes above $150,000 would see their credits dwindle, while those earning more than $290,000 would no longer qualify. This provision would take effect in 2020.

Push provision for bigger tax credits for older Americans to Senate. The House is setting aside roughly $85 billion in funding to provide additional tax credits to help older people buy policies on the individual market. But representatives are letting the Senate handle the crafting of the legislation.

Many older consumers would face huge premium hikes under the GOP bill because its tax credits are not as generous as Obamacare’s subsidies for lower-income enrollees in their 50s and early 60s.

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Under Obamacare, these companies were required to provide affordable insurance to staffers who work more than 30 hours a week. They would face a penalty if they did not meet this criteria and their employee sought subsidies on the exchanges. These provisions take effect retroactively to 2016.

Related: CBO report: 24 million fewer insured by 2026 under GOP health care bill

Put in place a continuous coverage requirement instead. The original Republican plan seeks to allow insurers to impose a 30% surcharge on the premiums of those who let their coverage lapse for at least 63 days. The plan would enable insurers to levy this surcharge for one year, but it would only apply to policies bought in the individual or small group markets.

Under the latest amendment, states that seek waivers could replace this provision with one that allows insurers to charge consumers who’ve had a gap in coverage based on their health status.

Allow states to obtain waivers to let insurers charge consumers more if they have pre-existing conditions. States could get waivers that would allow carriers to set premiums based on enrollees’ medical backgrounds under several
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Under Obamacare, carriers must provide outpatient care, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity, mental health and substance abuse, prescription drugs, rehabilitation services, lab work, preventative care and pediatric services.

This could lower premiums somewhat and give consumers a wider choice of plans. But it would also make it harder for people to buy comprehensive
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Create the patient and state stability fund. Lawmakers initially set aside $100 billion through 2026 for states to lower consumers’ and insurers’ costs in a number of ways. Among them: offering financial assistance to high-risk patients, reducing the cost of providing coverage in the individual market, promoting access to preventative services as well as dental, vision, maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, and helping people reduce their out-of-pocket costs.

Related: High-risk pools won’t match Obamacare’s protections for pre-existing conditions

The GOP added $15 billion to the fund for 2020 for states to cover maternity, mental health and substance abuse services, and then another $15 billion to create so-called invisible risk pools to help insurers handle high-cost policyholders.

At the last minute, lawmakers added another $8 billion over five years to support high-risk pools in states that seek waivers to opt out of two key Obamacare insurance provisions.

Repeal cost-sharing subsidies to lower deductibles and co-pays. The bill would kill the additional help that individuals earning less than roughly $30,000 a year receive to cover their out-of-pocket costs. More than half of the enrollees on the Obamacare exchanges receive these subsidies. This provision would take
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Related: Insurers worry low-income Americans won’t have coverage

Delay the Cadillac tax. The Republican plan keeps but delays the controversial Cadillac tax, which calls for imposing a 40% excise tax on generous employer health insurance plans. Originally scheduled to go into effect in 2018, the law
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Loosen the age-band so insurers can charge older folks more. Under Obamacare, insurers could only charge older enrollees three times more than younger policy holders. The GOP bill would widen that band to five-to-one, which would hike premiums for those in their 50s and early 60s, but reduce them for younger folks.

States would also be allowed to seek waivers to allow insurers to charge older consumers even more than five times younger ones.

Revamp Medicaid funding. The GOP bill would send the states a fixed amount of money perMedicaid enrollee, known as a per-capita cap.

States could also opt to receive federal Medicaid funding as a block grant for the adults and children in their program. Under a block grant, states would get a fixed amount of federal funding each year, regardless of how many participants are in the program.

States, however, cannot opt to receive block grant funding for elderly and
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Either option would limit federal responsibility, shifting that burden to the states. However, since states don’t have the money to make up the difference, they would likely either reduce eligibility, curtail benefits or cut provider payments. The block grant would be more restrictive since the funding level would not adjust for increases in enrollment, which often happens in bad economic times.

End enhanced federal funding for Medicaid expansion. It would also end the enhanced match rate for Medicaid expansion for new enrollees starting in 2020. Those already in the program could stay as long as they remain continuously insured. States that have not already expanded would not be allowed to do so, starting immediately.

Allow states to institute work requirement for Medicaid. States would now have the option of requiring able-bodied Medicaid recipients to work, participate in job training programs or do community service. Pregnant women, children under the age of 19, single parents of children under age six and single parents of children with disabilities are exempt.

Related: Upstate New York gets $2.3 billion gift in Republican health care bill

Give most New York counties relief from Medicaid payments. Lawmakers added a provision that would ban the federal government from reimbursing New York State for Medicaid funds raised by counties outside of New York City. The upstate counties and Long Island send $2.3 billion to the state to help pay for Medicaid. The amendment would give the state the incentive to stop passing down Medicaid costs to the counties, though state officials say it would mean fewer people would be covered and benefits would have to be curtailed.

Related: Governors divided over Medicaid’s future

Restore federal support for hospitals who cover many uninsured patients. The legislation would restore Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital payments in 2018 for states that didn’t expand Medicaid and in 2020 for states that did. Under Obamacare, these funds were set to disappear by 2020 since the original law called for all states to expand Medicaid.

Create more generous Health Savings Accounts. Seeking to get more people to save money for health care expenses, the Republican bill includes several provisions aimed at makingHealth Savings Accounts more attractive. It raises the annual contribution limits to equal the maximum sum of the deductible and out-of-pocket expenses one would pay in a high-deductible insurance plan. So the limit would be at least $6,550 for an individual and $13,100 for a family in 2018.

The bill would also end the Obamacare prohibition on paying for over-the-counter medications with funds from tax-advantaged accounts, such as HSAs and flexible spending accounts. And it reduces the penalty from 20% to 10% if funds from an HSA are used for non-medical purposes. These provisions begin in 2018.

Ban excess tax credits from going into Health Savings Accounts. Enrollees whose tax credits exceed the cost of their premiums would not be able to put the additional funds in Health Savings Accounts. Some conservatives are concerned these funds could be used to pay for abortions.

Related: Companies offering HSAs could bank on big profits under GOP plan

Lift contribution caps on flexible spending accounts. Obamacare put a cap on annual contributions to flexible spending accounts based on cost of living figures. For 2017, that cap was $2,600. The GOP bill would do away with that limit as of December 31, 2017.

Offer two tax cuts for the wealthy. The bill would eliminate two taxes that Obamacare imposed on the well-to-do to help pay for the law: The 3.8% tax on investment income and the 0.9% Medicare payroll tax on incomes over $200,000 for individuals and $250,000 for married couples who file jointly. The investment income tax would disappear in 2017, but the Medicare payroll tax would remain until 2023.

Related: Here’s how much millionaires would save under GOP Obamacare repeal bill

Repeal the taxes on health insurers, prescription drug makers and medical devices. The bill seeks to lift the annual tax Obamacare imposed on drug makers and health insurers and It would also get rid of the 2.3% excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices that was put in place. The taxes would disappear in 2017.

Say goodbye to the tanning tax. The bill would eliminate a 10% tax on indoor tanning servicesthat was introduced as part of Obamacare. It would take effect in 2017.

Related: Republican health care plan would repeal ‘tanning tax’

Repeal the tax break for health insurance executives’ pay. The legislation would roll back the Obamacare provision that placed a $500,000 limit on deductions for each executive’s compensation. Top insurers pay their leaders millions in compensation every year so this provision could mean a nice tax savings for the companies. The provision would begin in 2017.

Related: Health care plan has tax break for insurance execs

Reduce the income threshold for deducting medical expenses. Under the GOP bill, taxpayers would be able to deduct medical expenses that exceed 5.8% of their adjusted gross income. Obamacare had raised the threshold to 10%. This would begin in 2017.

Defund Planned Parenthood. In keeping with long-standing Republican beliefs, the legislation prohibits federal funding for Planned Parenthood. But the restriction is only for a year.

Eliminate support for CDC Prevention and Public Health Fund. The bill would eliminate nearly $1 billion in funding for this program, which Republicans call a slush fund. The Centers for Disease Control says the money supports heart disease and stroke prevention, immunization, lead poisoning prevention and diabetes prevention, mostly through grants to states and local programs.

Related: Advocates call foul on CDC cuts in repeal bill

Increase funding for community health centers. The bill would provide an additional $422 million this year for community-based outpatient facilities that provide health services — such as medical, dental and mental health — to lower-income populations.

Related: These low-income kids could lose access to dental care

Allow insurers to sell plans that cover less of the costs. Obamacare created four tiers of coverage, each with a requirement to cover a certain share of policyholders’ costs, on average. The bill would eliminate this rule. Presumably, insurers would be able to offer plans with higher deductibles and co-pays. However, since the legislation does not lift the cap on out-of-pocket expenses, insurers could not require consumers to pay more than that for covered services. The deductibles for many bronze-tier plans are already pegged to that cap.

 

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