The Hill: Medicare to expand ‘prior authorization’ for device coverage

By Elise Viebeck  In a shift from the current system, Medicare is proposing to rule on seniors’ coverage for home medical devices before the supplies are delivered or claims for payment are submitted.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is planning to expand the use of “prior authorization” for power scooters and wheelchairs, and … Continue reading

The Hill: Could states be penalized for Medicaid backlog under O-Care?

By Ferdous Al-Faruque Update on the ongoing Medicaid application backlogs   Top Republicans are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services if it is considering penalizing states with a backlog of new Medicaid applications under ObamaCare. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich) and Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) say the backlog is the federal … Continue reading

The Hill: Enrollment rush fails to boost ObamaCare

By Jonathan Easley  Getty Images The Obama administration has been touting the last-minute enrollment surge for the healthcare law, but that success hasn’t boosted its popularity with voters, according to two new polls.   A Gallup survey released on Friday found that 54 percent disapprove of ObamaCare, compared to 43 percent who approve. That’s in line with … Continue reading

The Hill: Democrats unload on ‘reckless’ budget

By Mike Lillis  House Democratic leaders wasted little time Tuesday hammering Rep. Paul Ryan’s 2015 budget proposal, framing it as a “reckless” and “unrealistic” document designed only to score political points with the Republican base. [READ RYAN’S BUDGET PROPOSAL.] The plan from Ryan (R-Wis.), the chairman of the House Budget Committee, aims to eliminate deficit spending over … Continue reading

The Hill: HHS touts jump in Medicaid eligibility

By Jonathan Easley The number of people eligible for Medicaid jumped again in January, according to federal health officials. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported Friday that more than 8.9 million people were approved to receive either Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) between October and January.  Roughly 2.6 million of … Continue reading

The Hill: Dems threaten budget deal

Lauren Schneiderman By Vicki Needham, Mike Lillis and Bernie Becker – 12/11/13 05:15 PM EST The budget deal worked out by House and Senate negotiators is on the verge of unraveling over the exclusion of federal unemployment benefits, several leading Democrats warned Wednesday. The lawmakers are outraged by a GOP move to add the Medicare “doc fix” to … Continue reading

The Hill: 275,000 to be invited to try HealthCare.gov again

By Rebecca Shabad   About 275,000 people across the country will receive emails over the next week inviting them to return to HealthCare.gov and sign up for insurance. Those people were “stuck” in the open enrollment process on the ObamaCare website after it first launched Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services revealed Tuesday. … Continue reading

The Hill: GOP lawmaker subpoenas ObamaCare enrollment data

By Jonathan Easley House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) on Tuesday issued a subpoena to the agency responsible for implementing ObamaCare, requiring it to turn over all the data the agency has about how many people have enrolled in the healthcare exchanges. Camp previously requested the data from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid … Continue reading

The Hill: Poll: Few support delaying ObamaCare implementation

By Justin Sink – 09/30/13 10:03 AM ET    Few Americans believe that a move by Congress to delay or defund ObamaCare is the best course of action, according to a survey released over the weekend. A poll by The Morning Consult found that just 7 percent of Americans say that their preference is for Congress to … Continue reading

The Hill: ObamaCare activists face confusion over healthcare law

By Elise Viebeck      State-level activists working to promote ObamaCare are encountering severe confusion among the public with less than a week until the new insurance exchanges open for enrollment.  Six healthcare advocates acknowledged Wednesday that people’s misunderstandings about healthcare reform remain the biggest challenge to connecting them with benefits.  “We have our work … Continue reading

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