NCOA: Congress Addresses Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary Issues

n its Medicare physician payment bill, the Senate Finance Committee did not make the Qualified Individual (QI) low-income program permanent as 112 national organizations requested, but it would extend the program for five years. The budget bill Congress will pass this week also includes a three-month Medicare extenders package, including QI and funding for low-income outreach … Continue reading

NCOA: Congress Heads Home: What’s Left Unfinished?

Members of Congress are heading home this week for the holiday recess. Here is a summary of what they have accomplished—and what’s still on the table for January 2014—when it comes to the federal budget and sequester, the Farm Bill and SNAP, and unemployment insurance. Federal Budget What happened The deal that reopened the government in October established … Continue reading

The Hill: CBO: Delaying ObamaCare mandate would cut deficit by $35 billion

By Sam Baker    Delaying the individual insurance mandate in President Obama’s signature healthcare law would reduce the federal deficit by $35 billion over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Friday. The House passed a bill in July to delay the employer mandate by one year, matching the White House’s delay in the … Continue reading

The Sacramento Bee: White House floats health care fix for Congress

By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 1:38 pm Last Modified: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 – 5:40 pm WASHINGTON — It started out a political “gotcha” — an amendment to President Barack Obama’s health care law requiring members of Congress and staffers to get the same coverage offered to uninsured Americans. Wednesday, the … Continue reading

The Washington Times: GOP lawmaker: Congress has the tools to replace ‘Obamacare’

By Tom Howell Jr. The Washington Times Wednesday, June 5, 2013   Enlarge Photo Rep. Tom Price, Georgia Republican, attends a breakfast hosted by the Christian …more >   A Georgia congressman said Wednesday he will try, once again, to push a health care bill that offers a “patient-centered” alternative to President Obama’s sweeping reforms — one that … Continue reading

ARA: The New Congressional Voting Record

The Alliance for Retired Americans just released its annual report detailing the voting record of every U.S. Senator and Representative on key issues affecting current and future retirees. The document, available here, examines 10 key Senate votes and 10 key House votes in 2012. Roll calls on issues include: •    whether to privatize Medicare and create a … Continue reading

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