President Obama Releases his FY 2015 Budget Proposal
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President Obama Releases his FY 2015 Budget Proposal

On Wednesday, March 4th, President Obama released his Budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015. For the first time ever, funding for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is expected to exceed $1 trillion (with a T!). This includes …

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ACA Update: State Exchanges Still Struggling

Regardless of where you live, you are likely well aware of the blunders of the Healthcare.gov rollout. Even with what felt like crippling problems in the early days, most of the kinks were largely worked out by December. What you …

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New Offensive in Fight Against Childhood Obesity

Last week, the Administration proposed new rules limiting the advertising of junk foods in schools to combat alarming rates of childhood obesity.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 18 percent of children are considered obese, a …

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Mixed Results from Accountable Care Organization Experiment

Last Friday, Medicare released performance data for the first time on the success of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) around the country, and the initial results are mixed. ACOs are networks of health care providers that voluntarily work together to provide …

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Measuring the Success (or Failure) of Obamacare

There’s no denying it. Obamacare is one of the most controversial public policies in decades, so it’s no surprise that those on both sides of the issue are clamoring for real-time information about the law’s success or failure. Unfortunately, timely, …

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A Focus on Delivery System Reform in 2014

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a monstrous piece of legislation with a laundry list of goals. While ‘Obamacare’ and healthcare.gov woes have received much of the spotlight since the law’s passage, the ACA actually included important …

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Another ACA Delay for Employers

Back in December, we discussed delays in Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation for certain businesses. Those delays got deeper this week when the Administration announced a delay in the so-called employer mandate until 2016 for medium-sized employers. On Monday, the …

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Risk Corridors: Bail-Out or Insurance for the Insurance Companies?

Another aspect of the Affordable Care Act is getting some new attention lately – risk corridors. Risk corridors are essentially an insurance policy for health insurance companies to protect them from significant losses in any given year. When insurance companies …

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New Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking

Last week, the Surgeon General released its 32nd report on smoking – marking 50 years since the first Surgeon General’s report on the subject warned of smoking’s health effects. The report attributes more than 20 million premature deaths since the …

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FY 2014 Spending Bill Finally Goes to the President

After an Obamacare showdown, a 16-day government shutdown, some stopgap funding along the way, and a bipartisan Christmas budget deal miracle, legislation was finally signed this weekend to fund the government through September 30, 2014. In total, the final FY …

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