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Washington Watch - March 14, 2013

Posted on Mar 14, 2013

Co-Pay Cards, Small Businesses and Saving Money

Posted on Feb 08, 2013

CBO Proactively Anticipates Lawmakers’ Needs, Says CBO Director

At a recent joint Coalition for Affordable Health Coverage and U.S. Chamber of Commerce event, Congressional Budget Office Director Douglas Elmendorf said the agency has begun to research the effectiveness of healthy behavior on controlling health care costs.
Posted on Jul 28, 2011

American Medical Association Support For Individual Mandate Hasn’t Changed, Says President

The American Medical Association’s House of Delegates recently voted to reaffirm its support for “individual responsibility” in the purchase of health insurance provided that individuals unable to afford insurance have assistance available to them, according to President Cecil B. Wilson.
Posted on Jul 11, 2011

Affordable Care Act Makes Preventive Services More Accessible To Americans

Under the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148), if you and your family enrolled in a new health plan on or after September 23, 2010, your insurance provider is now required to cover certain recommended preventive services without charging you a co-pay, co-insurance or deductible.
Posted on Jul 06, 2011

Americans With Pre-Existing Health Conditions Gain Health Coverage

Although the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) became law in March 2010, many of its provisions will not go into effect until as late as 2014. One provision of the legislation that has yet to take effect is a new consumer protection provision that prevents private insurance companies from discriminating against or refusing insurance to patients with pre-existing health conditions.
Posted on Jul 06, 2011

House Members Urge Administration to Support Health IT for Small Physician Practices

The administration’s health IT program has given doctors and hospital officials financial incentives to adopt Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems that meet federal standards, but lawmakers on the House Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Healthcare and Technology are questioning whether the Obama administration has done enough to help physicians in small practices.
Posted on Jul 06, 2011

Commonwealth Fund: Affordable Care Act Making A Difference For Young Adults

Young adults lack health insurance at the highest rate of any age group, and have the lowest rate of access to employer-based insurance. However, a recent study from The Commonwealth Fund found that the Affordable Care Act (PL 111-148) is already making a difference for them.
Posted on Jul 06, 2011

HHS Debuts Web Portal With Health Information For Consumers

In accordance with the health reform law, HHS has launched HealthCare.gov, an informational website for consumers.
Posted on Jul 08, 2010

Insurance Coverage For Young Adults: A Guide To Health Reform Changes

The health reform law includes a provision allowing adult children to receive health coverage under their parents' insurance policies until age 26.
Posted on Jun 03, 2010

Study Finds Some Doctors Order Unnecessary Tests Because Of Malpractice Fears

A study recently released by the medical journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found that about one in four heart doctors say they order medical tests that may be unnecessary because they are afraid of being sued.
Posted on Apr 23, 2010

HHS Secretary Sebelius Explains Health Reform

Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), recently spoke about the new health reform legislation.
Posted on Apr 07, 2010

Senate Committee Explores If Health Reform Proposals Meet Needs of Small Firms

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently held a hearing on health care reform and small business entitled, “Reform Done Right: Sensible Health Care Solutions for America’s Small Businesses.”
Posted on Oct 22, 2009

Small Businesses Should Prepare Now For Flu Season, Hearing Finds

The House Committee on Small Business recently held a hearing to explore the potential impact of the H1N1 influenza on small businesses and investigate the resources available to small firms.
Posted on Sep 14, 2009

Biden Announces $1.2 Billion For Health IT

Vice President Joe Biden recently announced that nearly $1.2 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will be allocated as grants to help hospitals and health care providers transition to electronic medical records.
Posted on Sep 03, 2009

Federal Agencies Encourage Businesses To Plan For Flu Season

The heads of three federal agencies, Department of Commerce (DOC) Secretary Gary Locke, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano, recently announced new recommendations to help business owners plan for the upcoming flu season.
Posted on Sep 03, 2009

Briefing Highlights Consumer Directed Health Care As Reform Option

The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI) recently hosted a briefing to discuss consumer driven health care. A consumer driven health plan is generally defined as a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) offered in combination with a savings fund such as a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) or a health savings account (HSA).
Posted on Jul 14, 2009

NASE Asks Senators To Lower Health Costs For Small Business

The Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship recently held a roundtable to discuss the impact of various health reform proposals on small businesses. Kristie Arslan, Executive Director of the Legislative Office for the National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE), participated in the roundtable along with Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and other small business owners and advocates.
Posted on Jul 14, 2009

Criticism of House Tri-Committee Health Care Draft at Ways and Means Hearing

The House Committee on Ways and Means recently joined the long list of congressional committees talking about health care reform, holding a hearing entitled “Health Reform in the 21st Century: Proposals to Reform the Health System.”
Posted on Jun 29, 2009

President Obama Comments on Self-Employed and Health Reform

President Obama addresses the concerns of a self-employed body shop owner during an interview on health care reform.
Posted on Jun 25, 2009
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