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Contraception Compromise Offered By HHS

Uncertain if religious leaders will accept the compromise HHS has issued a compromise in an attempt to create a barrier between religious organizations and contraception coverage. The compromise allows female employees to get free birth control coverage through a separate…
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IRS Issues ACA Regulations

Some families will not be eligible for tax credits Wednesday, the IRS issued regulations regarding eligibility for tax subsidies to purchase private insurance on their own. Citing the way the affordability legislation was written by Congress, their hands were tied.…
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Supreme Court Likely to Hear Contraception Debate

Circuit courts offering disagreements A growing number of lawsuits are being filed over the Affordable Care Act contraceptive mandate. The debate over the right to religious freedom is a high stake clash. Conflicting rulings in appeals courts around the county…
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Limited Network Plans in Exchanges

Could translate to inadequate care Similar to HMO's, Limited Network Plans will play a major role in the exchanges created as a result of the Affordable Care Act. In an attempt to contain costs, limited networks could translate into inadequate…
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President Defends Entitlement Programs

Refers to them as commitments we make to each other In his inaugural speech, President Obama defended Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security and laid out his progressive vision of what government should do. Also reported in the January 22,…
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Suggestion Offered to Raise Retirement Age to 70

Includes both Medicare and Social Security Raising the retirement age to 70 for both Medicare and Social Security and partially privatizing the health insurance program for older American's was recently recommended by a group of highly influential CEO's. The plan…
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Deadline Extended to Create State Exchanges

HHS Secretary will waive or extend the deadline HHS Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius has announced that she will waive or extend the deadline for any states that are interested in creating a state based or regulating insurance sold through a federal…
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Suggestion: Feds Take Responsibility for Medicaid

Exchange for state control of education In a joint session of the Tennessee General Assembly, Senator Lamar Alexander suggested that the federal government take full responsibility for Medicaid in exchange for states taking control of education. He suggested that this…
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Medicaid Contractor Donates to Obama’s Inauguration Festivities

One corporation stands to benefit significantly from Obama's re-election While U.S. laws bar federal contractors from influence peddling during presidential and congressional elections, post election contributions for election festivities have few limitations. An inaugural committee list posted last month includes…
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Health Insurance Rates on the Rise

Some states will see double-digit increases One of the objectives of healthcare reform was to slow down the rapid rise of insurance costs. California, Florida, and Ohio have proposed rate increases of at least 20 percent. Guidelines under the Affordable…
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Fiscal Cliff Deal Passed

Short-term fix for Medicare payment cuts As part of the fiscal cliff negotiations, the 26.5% Medicare reimbursement rate reduction has been delayed for another year. As a result of this deal, hospitals will pick up nearly half of the cost…
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