The Honorable Sylvia Burwell Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Re: Commonwealth of Kentucky Proposal of Section 1115 Waiver Project, Kentucky HEALTH Dear Madame Secretary: On behalf of the physician and medical student members of the Kentucky Chapter of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS), […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Since the 2010 passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA or ObamaCare), the health care industry has seen record growth and increased revenues, writes Bryan Rotella. But is it a bubble? As Christian Bale’s character said in the movie The […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill.
It was a slow summer as our Congresspersons took their highly coveted 7-week vacation.
Even as premiums skyrocket and ACA co-ops fail, health care reform has been below the fold during much of this presidential campaign.
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. The ACA has been seemingly off Congress’ radar since the veto of Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015, the last attempt to repeal the ACA; however, in recent weeks there have been a few developments. Rep. Pete Sessions, (R-TX) and Sen. […]
In 2015, insurers may have lost as much as $1,000 per enrollee, despite government compensation through the reinsurance and “risk corridor” programs that are supposed to compensate insurers for high-risk subscribers, writes Brian Blase (Forbes, May 11, 2016). The Obama Administration has good reason to be concerned that other insurers will follow United HealthCare’s lead […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Farzad Mostashari, who spent two years leading the White House effort to implement electronic health records, has argued that Medicare’s new physician payment rule would be “financial suicide for small practices.” Later he said “I regret [saying that], a little bit. I don’t […]
This week’s health policy news roundup curated by Jane M. Orient, M.D. Those who chose a Health Savings Account (HSA) will probably find it regulated out of existence in the 500-page rule for standardized health plans. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/433639/health-savings-accounts-obamacare-affordable-care-act-killing-hsa State and federal taxpayers are big losers because of 16 million more Medicaid recipients. CBO estimates that $64 […]
The sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a wake, not a birthday party, writes Michael Cannon in Forbes, Mar 23. ACA is no longer the law. “Dramatic revisions made by Obama and the U.S. Supreme Court have effectively replaced the ACA with something we now call Obamacare.” Obamacare uses the taxing power […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Thankfully, health related legislation is very slowly pouring in. Included in this edition of the Health Policy Legislative Update is a fact sheet from the Senate Finance Committee, an outline of the GOP Senate proposal to replace the ACA, and a look at new […]
Marilyn Singleton, MD, JD summarizes recent healthcare-related legislative activity on Capitol Hill. Other than the much-heralded but toothless repeal of the ACA, Congress hasn’t focused on health legislation. Since new laws generally add more regulations and rules, this is likely a good thing. Giving Seniors Choice for Their Medical Care This is a good first […]