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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 – 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 – February 26, 2014

Though Congress was in recess this past week, congressional staff was hard at work continuing to consider ways to prevent a cut to Medicare providers’ payment rates that will be triggered by the sustainable growth rate formula on March 31,

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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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Government Contractors Face Drastically Shrinking Pie: Keep Your Share

Government contractors sharpen your knives.  You’re going to be competing for fewer dollars.  The President has frozen federal employee pay.  The Republicans are waging war on government spending. The President’s Deficit Reduction Commission has been hard at work trying to

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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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Posted in ACO, CHIP, CMS, HHS, Jan Brewer, Ken Cuccinelli, Medicaid, Medicare, MedPAC, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

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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Posted in ACO, CHIP, CMS, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, MedPAC, NCQA, PPACA, President Obama, Washington, D.C.

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.
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