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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – March 26, 2014

On Sunday, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned four. Unsurprisingly, Democrats celebrated the law’s birthday by touting its many successes and Republicans used it to highlight the problems the law has faced, as well as caused. The Department of Health

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – March 7, 2014

This week President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, which provides useful information on his priorities for the year but, as is normally the case, is not likely to gain much traction; the administration announced a two-year extension

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – February 10, 2014

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in which it projected a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent hours worked; the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and House Energy and

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 31, 2014

This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided new scores for the three sustainable growth rate (SGR) repeal proposals from the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees; a list of potential offsets for SGR legislation circulated Washington;

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Monday, December 13, a federal court in Virginia ruled that key parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) are unconstitutional. U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, a George W. Bush appointee, said PPACA’s requirement that most

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Friday, December 3, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) released its draft recommendations for fiscal year 2012. MedPAC recommends that hospitals receive a 1 percent net increase in inpatient and outpatient payment rates and a 1 percent increase in

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update

On Wednesday (11/10), an official with the National Governors Association told insurance executives at a conference hosted by America’s Health Insurance Plans that the challenges states face in creating health insurance exchanges, coupled with the changed political landscape, may lead

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Posted in CMS, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, National Academy for State Health Policy, National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

In the week following the midterm elections, House and Senate Republicans have made known their intent to “repeal and replace” the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said Republicans in Congress should “repeatedly” seek

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Posted in Affordable Care Act, CMS, HHS, John Boehner, Medicaid, Medicare, Mitch McConnell, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update

 Last Monday, a federal judge in Virginia said he would rule before the end of the year on whether the health reform legislation violates the Constitution. The judge conceded that his ruling would likely be just a small step on

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Posted in CMI, CMS, HHS, Joe L. Barton, Kathleen Sebelius, Medicaid, Medicare, Michael C. Burgess, National Associate of Insurance Commissioners, PPACA, Washington, D.C.
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