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July 25, 2014
Despite bitter congressional wrangling over the health care overhaul law and health spending priorities, several bills introduced this week suggest there is some bipartisan consensus on health care issues.
The IRS has fleshed out new reporting requirements stemming from the Affordable Care Act, including instructions for how taxpayers should calculate penalties if they fail to purchase insurance.
July 24, 2014
July 23, 2014
A House Ways and Means oversight panel this morning examines the process for applying for the health care overhaul’s premium tax credits. The insurance subsidies are at the center of two contrasting court decisions released on Tuesday from court panels in Washington, D.C., and Richmond, Va.
This hearing, however, isn’t about the legality of the subsidies themselves — it’s about cases where people may have fraudulently attained such benefits.
July 22, 2014
The White House press spokesman Josh Earnest today responded to federal appeals court panel ruling that health care overhaul law subsidies only apply to insurance exchanges formally established by the states. The White House insists its legal case will prevail and anticipates the Department of Justice will ask the full court to review the decision.
July 21, 2014
Last week, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner released a letter to a Virgin Islands official releasing U.S. territories from insurance requirements mandated by the 2010 health care overhaul law. On Friday, Alaska Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski weighed in the matter.
July 18, 2014
House Republicans have led a long effort to repeal or at least change elements of the 2010 health care overhaul law. Earlier this year, amid concerns about unemployment, the House passed a bill that would adjust the workweek threshold for employer-sponsored health care coverage.
July 17, 2014
One of the most widely accepted expectations of both proponents and opponents of the 2010 health care law was that health care utilization rates would increase as newly insured persons sought treatment options. However, a report this week from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Athena Health Research does not show a deluge in new patients.
July 16, 2014
A House Energy and Commerce panel today examines the income verification process for health plan premium subsidies. Problems with the verification system became apparent in news reports published in May and the committee is mulling recent reports from the Department of Health and Human Services inspector general on problems with early planning and insufficient controls on the troubled subsidy verification process. Full story
July 15, 2014
The House today continues amendment votes on the fiscal 2015 Financial Services spending bill. Health care proposals in the legislation focus on the more than 40 provisions in the 2010 health care law that task the IRS with verifying consumer health insurance exchange subsidies, administering premium tax credits and enforcing the individual and employer health coverage mandates.
The Congressional Research Service is charged with keeping lawmakers apprised of the details of legislative matters and procedures. One of its biggest jobs right now, without a doubt, is tracking the implementation of the 2010 health care law.
July 11, 2014
One of the early regulations implemented under the 2010 health care overhaul law is a requirement that insurance companies give rebates to consumers for premium charges in excess of a minimum medical loss ratio (MLR). The requirement prompted $1.1 billion in rebates in 2011 and $520 million in 2012. The Government Accountability Office has released a survey of eight insurers inquiring on how the MLR requirement has impacted business practices. The GAO reported:
July 10, 2014
A group of congressional Democrats has unveiled dual measures to address last week’s Supreme Court decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores that the federal government cannot require “closely held” businesses with religious objections to provide free birth control coverage under the health care law.