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10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

10 days after ACA enrollment deadline, Sebelius calls it quits

April 10, 2014 10:11 pm by | 0 Comments

After a five-year tenure that included the flawed rollout of the health care law and stormy relations with Capitol Hill Republicans, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning, a White House official said late Thur…


Changes to health care law rules include extra month to enroll in 2015

Changes to health care law rules include extra month to enroll in 2015

March 6, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday released a broad set of regulatory changes to the health law that would give some consumers additional time to stay in plans that do not…



HHS seeks $600 million for health law enrollment effforts

HHS seeks $600 million for health law enrollment effforts

March 5, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

Just in case Congress doesn’t pass President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2015 budget plan, officials at the Department of Health and Human Services say they have other options for finding the…


Medicare Part D critics:  Why fix what isn’t broken?

Medicare Part D critics: Why fix what isn’t broken?

March 3, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

Medicare’s prescription drug program was controversial when it arrived, but a decade later it is widely considered to be a Washington success story. Now, though, the Obama administration is proposing…


3 Key changes proposed for Medicare Part D

3 Key changes proposed for Medicare Part D

March 3, 2014 5:01 am by | 0 Comments

The Obama administration is proposing several changes to the Medicare drug program, also known as Part D.  They range from new limits on the number of plans insurers could offer…


Obama administration proposes 1.9% cut in Medicare Advantage payments

Obama administration proposes 1.9% cut in Medicare Advantage payments

February 21, 2014 8:08 pm by | 1 Comments

Medicare Advantage plans could see payment reductions of 1.9 percent next year under proposed rates announced Friday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Insurers, who have led a…


Hill Plan would shift Medicare’s doctor payment system to reward quality

Hill Plan would shift Medicare’s doctor payment system to reward quality

February 6, 2014 2:03 pm by | 0 Comments

The bipartisan leadership of three Senate and House committees introduced legislation Thursday to overhaul the way Medicare pays physicians. The package, which does not specify how it would be paid for,…



If Congress changes the Medicare payment policy, what does that mean for patients and doctors?

If Congress changes the Medicare payment policy, what does that mean for patients and doctors?

January 16, 2014 5:31 am by | 0 Comments

After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare…


Here’s how Obamacare impacts federal employees’ healthcare coverage

Here’s how Obamacare impacts federal employees’ healthcare coverage

November 11, 2013 5:03 am by | 1 Comments

Open enrollment season begins Monday for the approximately eight million federal workers and their dependents who receive health care coverage through the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program or FEHB. The…


Dem, GOP leaders have plan to eliminate problematic Medicare payment formula

Dem, GOP leaders have plan to eliminate problematic Medicare payment formula

October 31, 2013 5:46 am by | 0 Comments

The Democratic And Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that…


Penalties delayed for consumers who sign up for health insurance by March 31

Penalties delayed for consumers who sign up for health insurance by March 31

October 24, 2013 11:30 am by | 0 Comments

With the administration’s new announcement, consumers can wait until March 31 – when the current enrollment period ends — to enroll and not face fines.


Bipartisan budget panel has less than two months to reach consensus

Bipartisan budget panel has less than two months to reach consensus

October 18, 2013 5:55 am by | 0 Comments

The deal President Barack Obama, Republican and Democratic lawmakers reached to reopen the federal government and raise the debt ceiling includes a bipartisan panel charged with producing a long-term budget agreement.

President Barack Obama discu…


FAQ: Explaining the ‘reinsurance tax’

FAQ: Explaining the ‘reinsurance tax’

October 15, 2013 2:19 pm by | 0 Comments

One provision of the Senate’s emerging deal to reopen the federal government and extend the federal debt ceiling includes a one-year delay of a tax to help provide relief to insurers which cover large numbers of high-cost medical cases. 
Here are …


FAQ: Repealing the medical device tax

FAQ: Repealing the medical device tax

October 14, 2013 4:53 am by | 0 Comments

As Republicans and Democrats have battled over reopening the federal government and raise the federal debt ceiling, one idea that keeps coming up is a repeal of the 2010 health law’s tax on medical devices.

While the idea has drawn support from me…


Navigator grant recipients targeted by Republican members of House Energy and Commerce Committee

Navigator grant recipients targeted by Republican members of House Energy and Commerce Committee

August 30, 2013 3:37 pm by | 0 Comments

In a move one leading health law expert has described as “intimidation,” 15 Republican members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee are asking recipients of the $67 million in health…