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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 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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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 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 – 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 – August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the last minute each year; the Centers

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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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