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Hart Health Strategies provides a comprehensive policy briefing on a weekly basis. This in-depth health policy briefing is sent out at the beginning of each week. The health policy briefing recaps the previous week and previews the week ahead. It alerts clients to upcoming congressional hearings, newly introduced bills, regulatory announcements, and implementation activity related to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and other health laws.


THIS WEEK'S BRIEFING - NOVEMBER 19, 2018


Additional Races Called for 2018 Midterm Elections


Representative Martha McSally (R) conceded the race for Arizona Senate seat to Democrat Rep. Krysten Sinema. Sinema served for five years in the US House and seven years in the Arizona legislature. During her campaign, she criticized McSally’s 2017 vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Sinema, who voted with President Trump 62% of the time in the US House, will be the state’s first female senator, and the first Democrat elected since 1988. She is succeeding Jeff Flake (R) who did not run for reelection. Venture capitalist Josh Harder (D) defeated incumbent Rep. Jeff Denham (R) in the race for California’s 10th district. Denham was seeking a fifth term in Congress. Health care was a major focus of the campaign, with Harder contrasting his strong support for the health care law against Denham’s vote to repeal it. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) also lost his seat to challenger Andy Kim (D) last week. Kim is a former national security official, who has stated that he was inspired to run for office because of MacArthur’s role in securing House passage of legislation to repeal and replace the ACA. Brian Kemp (R) became Georgia’s governor-elect and his opponent, Stacey Abrams (D), who was vying to become the first black woman governor in U.S. history, has signaled her intent to run for office in the future. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) defeated Sen. Bill Nelson (D) in the state’s Senate race that necessitated two recounts. The hand recount indicated that Scott led Nelson by 0.15 percentage points. Next week, the final Senate race of the 2018 midterms will be decided in Mississippi in a runoff election between the Republican appointed incumbent, Cindy Hyde-Smith and the Democratic challenger, Mike Espy.



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