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Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 21, 2014

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made announcements this week regarding the Open Payments system and the availability of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Consumer Assistance Program grant funds, issued a request for additional information to ACA enrollees with inconsistent data

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update August 12, 2014

August recess has begun on Capitol Hill. Congressmen and women and senators are home in their districts and states, and Capitol Hill staffers are catching up on piled up work. Nonetheless, last week Congressman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) released a discussion

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Infrastructure Alert – July 29, 2014

The Senate begins debate today on a bill to prevent the insolvency of the Highway Trust Fund. The bill, already passed by the House and supported by the White House, provides the best chance for Congress to prevent the projected

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 28, 2014

Last week, two courts issued contradictory rulings on the authority of the federal government to provide subsidies in states using the federal exchange. The House held hearings regarding the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) effects on Medicare Advantage plans, a Government

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 21, 2014

Last week the Senate debated a bill to reverse the Supreme Court’s contraception mandate decision, a group of House Republicans introduced a bill to replace Affordable Care Act (ACA) cuts to the Medicare home health benefit with a measure that

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 10, 2014

On June 30, in one of the most highly anticipated cases affecting the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Supreme Court ruled that closely held companies could assert a “religious objection” to the ACA contraceptive coverage mandate. Members on the Hill reacted both positively

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Infrastructure Alert – July 9, 2014

President Obama and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx have been urging Congress to fix the Highway Trust Fund before a projected funding depletion at the end of August. On July 1, Secretary Foxx sent letters to states informing their highway and transit agencies

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – June 3, 2014

Affordable Care Act (ACA) action on Capitol Hill this past week centered on investigations into improper ACA subsidy payments, a potential constitutional amendment proposal, and support for an appeal of the ACA in favor of a Republican-sponsored replacement. At the agencies, a high-level official

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – May 27, 2014

Congress held several hearings last week ranging from Sylvia Burwell’s nomination for Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), to Medicare payment oversight, to post-acute care in Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released final and

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – May 5, 2014

Congress returned from its Spring recess and got right to work on a number of Affordable Care Act (ACA) related issues including a bipartisan bill regarding health insurance for Americans living abroad, Medicare oversight, reports on ACA enrollee data and meetings with

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