From the monthly archives:

October 2011

The Opening Salvo: Democrats, Republicans Issue Competing Supercommittee Plans

The federal government would achieve $3 trillion in savings, half of it from spending cuts, under a plan proposed this week by Democrats on the [...]

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CMS Approves Medicare Coverage of Depression and Alcohol Screening in Primary Care

On October 14, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced two new preventive benefits for Medicare beneficiaries: annual screening for depression as well as [...]

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Obama Administration Opts Not to Implement CLASS Act

After 19 months of work examining how to structure the voluntary long-term care insurance program enacted under health reform, the Obama Administration has decided to [...]

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Protect Medicaid from Supercommittee Cuts: Sign on Today, Then Write a Letter to Your Local Editor

Over the last several weeks, the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (also known as the “Supercommittee”) has continued to hold its negotiations behind closed [...]

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Institute of Medicine Releases Essential Benefits Package Report

On Friday, October 7, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released its highly anticipated report outlining the criteria and process by which the Department of Health [...]

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New Debt Reduction Proposal Targets Medicaid, Health Insurance Subsidies

House Appropriations Committee member Dennis Rehberg (R-MT) has proposed a new idea for how the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction can reach its $1.2 [...]

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Institute of Medicine to Release Recommendations on Determining Essential Health Benefits

On Friday morning, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will release the results of its study on the criteria and methods that should be used in [...]

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CMS Extends Comment Period for Exchange Regulations to Oct. 31, 2011

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced it is extending the public comment period on its proposed rulemaking for the establishment of state [...]

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A Silent Public Health Crisis

By Linda Rosenberg, President & CEO, National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare Americans have heard about a slew of public health crises so far this [...]

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CMS Announces New Coordinated Primary Care Initiative

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Wednesday the launch of a new initiative to support comprehensive primary care and improve the coordination [...]

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