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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than a

Posted in ACA, ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, MACPAC, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – December 19, 2013

The deadline to enroll in coverage for January 1 was officially extended by a week, but the new December 23 deadline is fast approaching, and premium payments are required to be paid by the last day of 2013 for January

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Posted in Articles, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Reform, HHS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – November 25, 2013

Though administration officials are now downplaying the date, the November 30 deadline government consultants set for fixing HealthCare.gov is this week. Some Democrats who have gone to the mat for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), especially those who are up for reelection,

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CCIIO, CMS, doc fix, HealthCare.gov, HHS, MACPAC, Medicaid expansion, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – November 14, 2013

Earlier today, President Obama announced that health insurers will be able to extend existing plans for individuals through 2014 that would have been otherwise canceled due to changes under the Affordable Care Act. This proposed fix does not guarantee that

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Posted in ACA, ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Articles, Children's Health Insurance Programs, CHIP, CMS, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HealthCare.gov, MACPAC, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – November 5, 2013

Criticism of the Affordable Care Act’s exchange rollout continued this past week. The main line of attack has moved from the malfunctioning website to canceled plans despite President Obama’s repeated promise that those who liked their health plans could keep

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – October 4, 2013

Open enrollment began this week, making it possible for the first time to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) online marketplaces. Technical glitches were widespread, but the problems were overshadowed by the shutdown of the federal government. After several rounds of House-Senate

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – September 24, 2013

With a week until a potential government shutdown and a week until open enrollment begins, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the limelight. On September 20, the House voted for a continuing resolution that funds the government past the

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, American Health Reform Act, Articles, CCIIO, CMS, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, Medicare Advantage, MedPAC, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – September 17, 2013

Congress has been back for a week, and already the president and Democrats are engaged in a contest with Republicans to see who will blink first. Additional spending legislation needs to be passed to keep the government running past September

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Posted in ACA, ACOs, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CMS, continuing resolution, Disproportionate Share Hospitals (DSH) payments, doc fix, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, Medicaid expansion, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – September 11, 2013

After spending the past month in their home districts listening to constituents, this week House and Senate members are back in Washington and Congress is back in session. Though the attention of many has turned to back-to-school, back-to-football, and to

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – September 3, 2013

There is only one week left of Congress’ summer recess. While the members have been in their home districts, the agencies in Washington have been finalizing Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations on everything from the individual mandate to eligibility appeals,

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