medicare (page 2)

  • Post

    What’s going on in Washington….?

    The House and Senate are back in session this week. Today the Senate will consider its first judicial nomination since Republicans took over the majority in January. Later this week the Senate is expected to consider H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act, which passed the House…
    Sarah Curry, April 14, 2015
  • Post

    What’s going on in Washington….?

    Congress is in recess this week.  They are scheduled to return the week of April 13th.  Here are some of the major actions that took place last week… The House approved the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (HR 2) by a strong bipartisan vote of 392-37. The measure…
    Sarah Curry, April 1, 2015
  • Post

    What’s going on in Washington…

    Both the US House and US Senate are in session this week before beginning a two-week recess. Both chambers are expected to focus on passing their respective fiscal 2016 budget resolutions. The House is also expected to try to pass legislation reforming the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, which…
    Sarah Curry, March 24, 2015
  • Post

    What’s going on in Washington…?

    The U.S. House returns from recess today and is expected to take up several bills under suspension of the rules, including a measure to require hospitals to notify Medicare patients of how their classification affects their cost sharing under Medicare and other Medicare benefits (HR 876), as well as…
    Sarah Curry, March 18, 2015
  • Post

    Medicaid Gets Deeper Discounts for Drugs Than Medicaid

    The Office of the Inspector General for HHS released a report indicating that Medicaid gets deeper discounts on many prescription drugs than Medicare. Much of this is attributed to Medicaid getting its discounts through health-related laws. Medicare, on the other hand, negotiates prices with private insurers and…
    Nicole Fisher, August 16, 2011
  • Post

    Where is the President’s Medicare Reform Plan????

    The White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said in an interview Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week that Medicare will run out of money within five years without large reform. The transcript can be found here. This interview communicated particularly interesting wording given that House Speaker John Boehner released…
    Nicole Fisher, July 11, 2011
  • Post

    Entitlement Programs Turn 45… and No One Celebrated

    The Medicare and Medicaid programs were established by Title XIX of the Social Security Act and signed into law on July 30, 1965. Then President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the legislation in Independence, Missouri at the Truman Library with former President Truman (the champion of both causes)…
    Nicole Fisher, July 5, 2011
  • Post

    Waivers, Waivers and More Waivers

    Late last week the White House released a blog (I assume in response to my blog post) addressing the many waivers it has issued in the few months since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was passed. In the blog post, the White House says…
    Nicole Fisher, May 23, 2011