The Hill: Effort to defund ObamaCare tries to regain its momentum this week

By Elise Viebeck   Conservatives will take their defund-ObamaCare push back to Washington, D.C., this week with an event to rally support and combat a wide shift in focus away from the issue. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and a slew of House members and Tea Party leaders will host … Continue reading

Healthwatch: HHS releases final rules for ObamaCare ‘navigators’

By Sam Baker – 07/12/13 05:25 PM ET     The Health and Human Services Department on Friday finalized rules for the “navigators” who will help people make sense of their options under ObamaCare. In a 145-page regulation, HHS finalized standards for training and certifying navigators. Navigators will provide in-person assistance to people trying to figure out … Continue reading

The Hill: Survey: Half of docs aren’t discussing ObamaCare with patients

Jose Quintanilla, puts his shirt back on after getting a pneumonia shot at the adult primary care clinic at San Francisco General, on Thursday June 28, 2012, in San Francisco, Calif., where 36% of the patients are uninsured and 28% are on Medicare. In a divided but stunning decision, the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday upheld virtually all of the far-reaching law crafted by President Obama to extend health coverage to most uninsured Americans. The narrow 5-4 ruling was a victory for Obama but also will serve as a rallying issue for Republicans calling for repeal of the Affordable Care Act passed by Democrats in 2010. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle / SF

By Elise Viebeck – 07/02/13 12:07 PM ET    ObamaCare isn’t a consistent topic of discussion between doctors and patients, even as the law’s major provisions are set to take effect, according to a new consumer survey.  Half of patients with a regular doctor haven’t heard him or her talk about healthcare reform at appointments, according … Continue reading

The Hill: Unified Medicare benefit would save billions, study says

By Elise Viebeck – 05/06/13 05:00 PM ET   Combining Medicare coverage under a unified benefit could save $180 billion over 10 years while lowering out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries, according to a new study. Researchers with the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit research foundation, proposed a simplified Medicare program in which beneficiaries receive hospital, physician, drug and supplemental … Continue reading

The Hill: Grassley probes early intel on Medicare Advantage shift

By Elise Viebeck – 04/04/13 06:44 PM ET Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is asking how a political intelligence firm learned about a major shift in Medicare policy before it was announced by the Obama administration.  Grassley wrote to Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner on Thursday seeking to find out who knew, and when, that the administration would scrap its … Continue reading

The Hill: House panels release new outline for permanent ‘doc fix’

By Elise Viebeck – 04/03/13 02:23 PM ET Leaders of two top House committees are circulating an expanded draft of their plan to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate (SGR), the flawed physician payment formula that necessitates an annual “doc fix.”  The plan from the Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means panels would use SGR repeal … Continue reading

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