HHS: Health centers to help uninsured individuals gain affordable health insurance coverage

Obama administration provides $150 million for health centers to offer enrollment assistance nationwide Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced new funding to help more uninsured Americans enroll in new health insurance coverage options made available by the Affordable Care Act.  Approximately $150 million will help community health centers provide in-person enrollment assistance … Continue reading

Reuters: Healthcare law opponents sue Obama officials over IRS rules

By Patrick Temple-West WASHINGTON | Thu May 2, 2013 6:18pm EDT (Reuters) – A group of individuals and businesses filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration’s healthcare overhaul on Thursday, hoping to stop the law in states that have not set up new insurance exchanges. The complaint filed in the Washington federal court challenges federal rules issued … Continue reading

NY Times: Obama Sees Insurers; Health Law Is Subject

By JACKIE CALMES Published: April 12, 2013 WASHINGTON — President Obama met with insurance industry executives at the White House on Friday to coordinate the introduction this fall of the insurance marketplaces at the heart of the national health care law, and to discuss so-called rate shock if the industry sharply raises premiums. “We’re all in this together,” Mr. … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama Releases Budget Proposal That Includes $400B in Health Cuts

On Wednesday, President Obama released his $3.77 trillion budget proposal for fiscal year 2014, which would raise taxes on higher-income individuals and cut spending on health care programs by $400 billion, the Los Angeles Times‘ “Politics Now” reports. Obama’s FY 2014 spending blueprint joins rival proposals drafted by House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty … Continue reading

California Healthline: Experts: Obama’s Budget Likely To Forgo Major Changes to Medicare

Although President Obama has signaled a willingness to make some significant changes to Medicare as part of a deficit-reduction deal, few observers expect his fiscal year 2014 budget proposal to include major structural changes to the program, Modern Healthcare reports. Obama is expected to release the budget plan on Wednesday. Some experts say the roughly $400 billion … Continue reading

California Healthline: Lawmakers, Advocates Criticize Obama’s Budget Plan Over Health Cuts

Lawmakers and advocacy groups are criticizing the early details of President Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal, after news reports indicated that the proposal will include $400 billion in spending reductions from health care programs, the Wall Street Journal reports. The proposal is expected to be released on Wednesday (Hook/McCain Nelson, Wall Street Journal, 4/5). About Obama’s Proposal … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama Administration Releases Three Proposed ACA Rules

On Tuesday, the Obama administration proposed three rules outlining how provisions under the Affordable Care Act would work, the Washington Post reports. The three rules — one that prohibits insurers from discriminating against individuals with pre-existing conditions, another that establishes essential health benefits, and a third that expands employer-based wellness programs — are not yet final and … Continue reading

California Healthline: Obama, Boehner Could Compromise To Address Looming Medicare Cuts

On Friday, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated their willingness to work together to avoid the looming “fiscal cliff” of mandated spending cuts, which include cuts to Medicare provider payments, the Wall Street Journal reports (Lee/Hook, Wall Street Journal, 11/10). The sequester involves about $1 trillion in across-the-board cuts, including a 2% reduction to all … Continue reading

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