Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

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Kathleen Sebelius’ tenure draws criticism and some praise for Obamacare rollout

April 11, 2014 11:32 am by | 0 Comments

Kathleen Sebelius is leaving her post as Secretary of Health with a mixed legacy because she wasn’t able to effectively meet the enormous challenges of the role. Could anyone? It’s…


FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

FDA medical device proposal would develop faster path to market for breakthrough tech

April 22, 2014 5:30 pm by | 0 Comments

Washington routinely comes in for criticism that it doesn’t do enough to support the U.S. medical device industry. But a new FDA proposal would establish for medical devices the equivalent…


Entrepreneurs are the real movers and shakers in Washington

Entrepreneurs are the real movers and shakers in Washington

April 18, 2014 7:00 am by | 0 Comments

People tend to view Washington D.C. as obtuse and inefficient. That’s only partially correct. Our political system has faced unprecedented challenges over the last few years. As a result of our sluggish lawmakers,…



Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

Report projects Obamacare health care costs to dip slightly

April 14, 2014 12:00 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Affordable Care Act’s health insurance subsidies will cost a little less than previously thought, according to a new report released Monday. The Congressional Budget Office predicts…


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Here are the most memorable tweets

April 11, 2014 5:30 am by | 0 Comments

The White House announced Thursday evening that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning. Barack Obama will nominate Sylvia Burrell, director of the Office of Management and Budget…


Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

Politics say otherwise, but the time isn’t right for Obamacare changes

April 7, 2014 2:15 pm by | 1 Comments

Maine Sen. Angus King is teaming up with a group of moderate Democrats — including some locked in tough re-election battles this fall — to propose a handful of amendments…


Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

Decoding the high-stakes debate over Medicare Advantage cuts

April 7, 2014 5:06 am by | 0 Comments

Health insurers often try to influence Washington through quiet persuasion in plush offices. To fight potential government cuts for private Medicare plans, however, they’ve hit the streets. The Obama administration…


Obama signs cancer research bill in memory of girl

Obama signs cancer research bill in memory of girl

April 3, 2014 4:22 pm by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A 10-year-old girl who died of brain cancer is leaving a legacy for other sick children in a new law signed by President Barack Obama. Obama on…



State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

State health insurance exchange executives face tough questions from house subcommittee (AUDIO)

April 3, 2014 4:07 pm by | 0 Comments

For some states, like California, things have gone well. But the rollout in states like Maryland and Oregon has been rocky. Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge…


Do you think the states should have a greater role in health insurance?

Do you think the states should have a greater role in health insurance?

April 2, 2014 11:41 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is offering an alternative to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, saying states should play a greater role in containing health care costs….


Are Democrats becoming wary of Obamacare?

Are Democrats becoming wary of Obamacare?

April 2, 2014 9:30 am by | 0 Comments

There’s talk that this could already be affecting Republican strategy, though Democrats are “still wary” of the law. Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, in an effort to move into the 2016…


10 healthcare startups that want to bring digital health and medtech to seniors

10 healthcare startups that want to bring digital health and medtech to seniors

April 1, 2014 10:42 pm by | 4 Comments

Seniors tend to be marginalized when it comes to digital health. Given the fact that AARP’s membership starts at 5o, its membership base spans a wide range of technical ability,…


President Barack Obama gets bill giving docs temporary Medicare fix

President Barack Obama gets bill giving docs temporary Medicare fix

April 1, 2014 3:07 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress once again has given doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees. A 64-35…


How Obamacare will impact elections in November

How Obamacare will impact elections in November

March 31, 2014 9:55 am by | 0 Comments

A variety of news organizations analyzed what might happen in the fall, because of political campaigns built around the health law.   Politico: The Obamacare Enthusiasm Gap Irony alert: The Democrats’ biggest…


Triage test for ER could rule out heart attacks for patients with chest pain

Triage test for ER could rule out heart attacks for patients with chest pain

March 30, 2014 1:19 pm by | 0 Comments

(AP)A simple test appears very good at ruling out heart attacks in people who go to emergency rooms with chest pain. It’s a big public health issue and a huge…


It’s not just you … HealthCare.gov really is running slowly

It’s not just you … HealthCare.gov really is running slowly

March 26, 2014 3:13 am by | 0 Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — If you’re waiting until the last minute to sign up for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law, a little extra patience might come in handy….