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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 – December 9, 2013

 The Obama administration announced that it met the November 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov’s problems; however, there are some concerns that information submitted by consumers is not properly transmitting to insurers, and many continue to question issues with the site’s security,

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Posted in ACA, Articles, doc fix, HHS, MACPAC, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, MedPAC, 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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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, CMS, doc fix, exchange, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HealthCare.gov, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, 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 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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Posted in ACA, ACOs, Articles, CMS, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, HHS, IRS, Medicaid, Medicaid expansion, Medicare, Medicare Payment Advisory Committee, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 19, 2013

With less than 50 days until open enrollment begins, tensions in Washington and around the country are high among health care stakeholders.  Businesses, individuals and even some in the government are concerned about whether all the pieces of the Affordable

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 30, 2013

Some Republicans are threatening not to pass any debt ceiling deal that does not defund the Affordable Care Act and Democrats say they will not pass any deal that does; the full House Energy and Commerce Committee is slated to

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 23, 2013

With only two weeks before Congress’ August recess and just a little more than two months before October open enrollment begins, Washington is busy sorting through, implementing and, in some cases, fighting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of

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