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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 – 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 29, 2013

 Repair work to Healthcare.gov is underway, and White House advisors are now pledging that it will be functioning smoothly by the end of November. However, the system was met with new problems over the weekend when the website’s online data

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CCIIO, exchange, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HHS, Medicaid expansion, MedPAC, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – October 22, 2013

 After 16 days of government shutdown, Congress voted to reopen the government and avert default without defundingthe Affordable Care Act, delaying the individual mandate, stripping the medical device tax from the law or requiring members of Congress and their staffs to

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, debt ceiling, doc fix, exchange, Government Shutdown, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, Medicaid expansion, MedPAC, SGR, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – October 10, 2013

 It is now the second week the exchanges have been open and the second week the government has been partially closed. The exchanges still have glitches, and Congress still has not agreed on a way to fund the government, although

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, continuing resolution, debt ceiling, exchange, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HHS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, Washington, D.C.

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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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CMS, exchange, Government Shutdown, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, MedPAC, SHOP, Washington, D.C.

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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