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HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

In a report issued December 1, 2013, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) said that the ongoing repairs to the HealthCare.gov website met the Administration’s goals, and the site is now working properly for the vast . . . → Read More: HealthCare.gov Met Repair Goals On Time, US Dept of Health & Human Services Announces

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Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society

The Palm Beach County Medical Society has announced that it will hold a seminar on “Understanding the Affordable Care Act” which will “explore new options the Health Insurance Marketplace will give physicians and your patients.” The Seminar will . . . → Read More: Seminar on New Insurance Options in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace to be Given by Palm Beach County Medical Society

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Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

The Palm Beach County, Florida State Legislative Delegation has announced that it will hold a public meeting on July 15, 2013, to hear comments from the public on the topic of Healthcare/ Medicaid Expansion under the new federal . . . → Read More: Public Meeting on Healthcare/Medicaid Expansion Called by Palm Beach County Legislative Delegation

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New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

Apparently some seniors on Medicare have expressed confusion or concern about whether the new Health Insurance Marketplace (also referred to as a health care exchange) being implemented under the Health Care Law affects Medicare in any way. It does . . . → Read More: New Health Insurance Exchanges under Health Care Law Do Not Affect Medicare

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Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on June 24 that open enrollment for the new federally-run health insurance exchange (called the “Health Insurance Marketplace”) being implemented under the Health Care Law, will begin October 1, . . . → Read More: Enrollment for New Health Insurance Exchanges Begins on Oct 1, 2013; HealthCare.gov Updated to Help Consumers Prepare

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Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

In a new report issued on Friday, the nonprofit Commonwealth Fund reported the results of its 2012 biennial survey on the number of U.S. adults who lacked health insurance or were underinsured. The total number of uninsured adults over . . . → Read More: Number of Uninsured Up, but Health Care Law Has Helped & Will Help Further Starting in 2014, Commonwealth Fund Reports

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Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a new report on February 7, 2013, showing that during 2012, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”) has saved 6.1 million people on Medicare . . . → Read More: Health Care Law Saved 6.1 Million People on Medicare Over $5.7 Billion on Prescription Drugs in 2012, New Report Shows

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HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights

On January 17, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced publication in the Federal Register of the final version of a new rule strengthening patient privacy rights. The new rule strengthens the privacy and security protections . . . → Read More: HHS Finalizes New Rule Strengthening Patient Privacy Rights

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Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced proposed new rules implementing three key areas of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”). The proposed rules were officially published in the Federal Register . . . → Read More: Proposed New Rules Implementing Key Provisions of Obamacare Published for Public Comment

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US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

In a health policy paper published on October 11, 2012 in The Lancet medical journal, US and UK experts on healthcare policy who co-authored the article conclude that, even though the US and UK healthcare systems are often thought . . . → Read More: US and UK Healthcare Systems Should Learn From Each Other, Experts Conclude

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In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

So far, much of the punditry and commentary following the first U.S. Presidential Debate, which took place Wednesday, October 3 in Denver, has focused on the style, optics, and mannerisms of the candidates — not on the substance of . . . → Read More: In Debate, Obama and Romney Clarify Positions on Medicare, Medicaid & Healthcare

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New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced Thursday awards of funding to seven organizations selected to partner with CMS and 145 nursing homes in seven different states in a new pilot program aimed at improving quality . . . → Read More: New Program to Improve Quality of Care for Nursing Home Residents in 7 States Announced by Medicare

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Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a new report on Friday, September 21, projecting that the average person with traditional Medicare will save $5,000 from 2010 to 2022 because of the Patient Protection and Affordable . . . → Read More: Due to Affordable Care Act, People with Medicare will Save $5,000 to $18,000 through 2022, HHS Reports

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New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced that $12.5 million in awards funded by the Affordable Care Act and the Older Americans Act will be made to local Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) to help . . . → Read More: New Resources to Help Seniors & Those With Disabilities Stay Independent Provided under Affordable Care Act

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Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

President Obama’s health care law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – has saved Americans an estimated $2.1 Billion on health insurance premiums, according to a new report released September 11, 2012 by the U.S. Department of . . . → Read More: Obamacare Has Saved Americans $2.1 Billion on Health Insurance Premiums, New Report Reveals

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HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President's Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a new tool to help you find out how the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature Health Care Law – which some call “Obamacare”) is benefiting people . . . → Read More: HHS Provides Tool to Find Out How the President’s Health Care Law Benefits You & Your State

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Under Obama's Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release yesterday announcing that because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s signature health care law), nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disabilities who . . . → Read More: Under Obama’s Health Care Law, Those on Medicare Have Saved $4.1 Billion in Prescription Costs + Recd Free Preventive Care, Medicare Announces

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Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

By selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate, former Governor and Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney has taken action that backs up and gives teeth to his previous endorsements of the Ryan Budget Plan and his promise to sign it . . . → Read More: Ryan-Romney Budget Proposals Would End Medicare as We Know It & Cut or Eliminate Programs for Poor, Elderly & Vulnerable

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No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 - Third Straight Year of No Increase - HHS Announces

In a news release issued August 6, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced that the basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, at an average of $30 per . . . → Read More: No Increase in Medicare Prescription Drug Premium for 2013 – Third Straight Year of No Increase – HHS Announces

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8 New Free Preventive Health Services for Women Take Effect August 1, 2012 under Health Care Law

Starting August 1, 2012, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, requires all insurance companies to offer free coverage for an additional eight preventive health care services for women. The new free coverage, . . . → Read More: 8 New Free Preventive Health Services for Women Take Effect August 1, 2012 under Health Care Law

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Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a news release announcing that, because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, seniors and people with disabilities who . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Has Saved $3.9 Billion on Prescription Drugs for Those on Medicare, CMS Announces

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HealthCare.gov Features 5 Prevention Resources for You and Your Family

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) issued a Bulletin from HealthCare.gov on Friday, featuring links to five free Prevention Resources made available to you and your family because of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, . . . → Read More: HealthCare.gov Features 5 Prevention Resources for You and Your Family

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Health Care Providers, Insurers & Employers Now Mostly Favor Health Care Law, New Reporting Finds

New reporting published July 11 in the journal HealthAffairs has found that after the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the major part of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s signature Health Care Law, a sharp partisan divide . . . → Read More: Health Care Providers, Insurers & Employers Now Mostly Favor Health Care Law, New Reporting Finds

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HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You're Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it has launched a new online tool to help you find out whether your health insurance company is required to pay you a rebate on August . . . → Read More: HHS Launches New Tool To Help You Find Out if You’re Getting a Rebate From Your Health Insurer under the Affordable Care Act

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July 17 Conference: After the Supreme Court - Implementing Affordable Care Act

The publication HealthAffairs has announced that it will hold a conference in Washington D.C. on July 17 on the topic: After the Supreme Court: Moving Ahead to Implement the Affordable Care Act, Improve Health Care and Lower Costs. UPDATE: . . . → Read More: July 17 Conference: After the Supreme Court – Implementing Affordable Care Act

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Over 16 Million Seniors on Medicare received Free Preventive Care under Affordable Care Act in 2012, HHS Announces

The US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced on July 10, that more than 16 Million Medicare beneficiaries have already received free preventive care services in the first six months of 2012 due to the Affordable Care . . . → Read More: Over 16 Million Seniors on Medicare received Free Preventive Care under Affordable Care Act in 2012, HHS Announces

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Justices Kagan & Breyer Saved Medicaid Expansion by Voting with Chief Justice Roberts

In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama Administration’s signature Health Care Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) on Thursday, June 28. A full report and analysis of the Court’s opinion . . . → Read More: Justices Kagan & Breyer Saved Medicaid Expansion by Voting with Chief Justice Roberts

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President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

In his speech to the Nation, following the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) on Thursday, President Obama took the occasion to lay out in simple terms for the American people . . . → Read More: President Obama Lays Out Contents of Health Care Law

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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

The U.S. Supreme Court today issued its much awaited decision on President Obama’s signature health care law (the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act or “Affordable Care Act”). In its majority opinion written by Chief Justice John Roberts, the . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law – Individual Mandate Upheld as a Tax; Medicaid Expansion Made Voluntary to States

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HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act -- Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced Wednesday that it has awarded $128.6 million of new grants to expand Community Health Centers in 41 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands. . . . → Read More: HHS Announces $128.6 Million of New Grants to Expand Community Health Centers Under Affordable Care Act — Will Serve 1.2 Million More Patients & Create Over 5,000 Jobs

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Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced yesterday that due to the Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”), 12.8 million Americans will receive rebates from insurance companies this Summer, totaling $1.1 Billion. The insurance companies . . . → Read More: Consumers to Receive $1.1 Billion of Premium Rebates from Health Insurers under Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

The American College of Physicians (ACP), a nationwide nonprofit organization of doctors of internal medicine, issued a comprehensive report, entitled “The State of the Nation’s Health Care 2012: How Bad Budget Choices and Broken Politics Are Undermining Progress in . . . → Read More: American College of Physicians Urges Politicians to Stop Unwise Health Care Cuts, Provides Alternative Proposals

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15.8 Million Americans to Receive $1.3 Billion in Rebates from Insurers Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

In a blog post today, U.S. Secretary of Health & Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced that due to the Affordable Care Act (President Obama’s Health Reform Law, which some call “Obamacare”), about 15.8 Million Americans will receive an estimated . . . → Read More: 15.8 Million Americans to Receive $1.3 Billion in Rebates from Insurers Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Announces

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HHS Announces $728 Million of Funding for Community Health Centers Under Obama's Health Care Law

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced the awarding of grants totaling $728 million to Community Health Centers nationwide under President Obama’s Health Care Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”). . . . → Read More: HHS Announces $728 Million of Funding for Community Health Centers Under Obama’s Health Care Law

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New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

In Supreme Court arguments last week and in the press, the debate over the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), which some call “Obamacare,” has centered around legal arguments whether the individual insurance mandate in the . . . → Read More: New Reports Highlight Harm to Women if Supreme Court Strikes Down Health Care Law

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Transcripts of Supreme Court Arguments on Health Care Law Suggest Possible Support for the Law

The U.S. Supreme Court released audio recordings and written transcripts of the oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (which some call “Obamacare”) that took place before the Supreme Court on March 26 – March 28, . . . → Read More: Transcripts of Supreme Court Arguments on Health Care Law Suggest Possible Support for the Law

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White House Issues New Report on Benefits of Affordable Care Act & Debunks Myths About It

On March 23, 2012, the White House issued a new report summarizing in simple and clear terms what the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (Affordable Care Act), which some call “Obamacare,” actually does. In short, as its name . . . → Read More: White House Issues New Report on Benefits of Affordable Care Act & Debunks Myths About It

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HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

March 23, 2012 was the two-year anniversary of the date on which President Obama signed the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”) into law. The Affordable Care Act is the Obama Administration’s signature health care reform . . . → Read More: HHS Notes Successes of Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on its 2-Year Anniversary

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Health Care Law March 26-28, 2012

On Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the cases challenging the validity of the Health Care Reform Law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Health Care Law March 26-28, 2012

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Health Reform Law (Obamacare) Provides 45 Million Women with Preventive Health Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), released an issue brief on Tuesday with new data, announcing that over 45 Million women can receive preventive health care . . . → Read More: Health Reform Law (Obamacare) Provides 45 Million Women with Preventive Health Care

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New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

MIT Economist Jonathan Gruber, who advised the Obama Administration on health care reform and was an architect of Governor Romney’s health care reform in Massachusetts, has written a new 152-page comic book that explains and combats some common misconceptions . . . → Read More: New Comic Book by MIT Economist Explains Health Reform Law

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First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on February 21 approval of the first seven CO-OPs (new Consumer Oriented and Operated Health Insurance Plans) that will receive loans under the Affordable Care Act. The loans will help . . . → Read More: First 7 New CO-OP Health Insurers Approved for Loans under Affordable Care Act

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86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

According to data in two new reports issued February 15 by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), an estimated combined total of 86 million Americans have benefited in 2011 from the free preventive healthcare coverage provided . . . → Read More: 86 Million Americans Benefited from Free Preventive Healthcare Coverage in 2011 Due to Affordable Care Act, HHS Reports

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Medicare to Hold Feb 21 Webinar on Accountable Care Organizations, Million Hearts, Other Topics

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) National Medicare Training Program announced that they will hold their next monthly webinar for professionals and volunteers who work with seniors and people with disabilities on February 21, 2012, starting at . . . → Read More: Medicare to Hold Feb 21 Webinar on Accountable Care Organizations, Million Hearts, Other Topics

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Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer's Research & Caregiver Support

The Obama Administration announced yesterday a $130 million increase over two years in the funding for Alzheimer’s Disease research, as well as $26 million of additional funding for support of caregivers and other programs toward the prevention and treatment . . . → Read More: Obama Administration Increases Funding for Alzheimer’s Research & Caregiver Support

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Review of Preventive Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act

First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius discussed the new preventive health care coverage made available under the Affordable Care Act at an event at George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. July 14, . . . → Read More: Review of Preventive Health Coverage under Affordable Care Act

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HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has issued the following press release: DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Room 352-G 200 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20201 Office of Media . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Healthcare Professionals to Participate in New Innovation Advisors Program to Improve Healthcare

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Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on December 20, a new demonstration program under the Affordable Care Act under which doctors and nurses will provide expanded primary care at home for Seniors on Medicare. The new . . . → Read More: Medicare to Provide Expanded Primary Care At Home for Seniors under New Affordable Care Act Initiative

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Medicare's Free Annual Wellness Visits

Medicare recipients under the Affordable Care Act are entitled to an annual wellness visit with their physician at no cost to them. You can review medications with your doctor and talk about whether any changes are needed. You can . . . → Read More: Medicare’s Free Annual Wellness Visits

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NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

In its Fall, 2011 newsletter, Take Care!, the National Family Caregivers Association (NFCA), a non-profit association working to support family caregivers, has published a thoughtful editorial entitled: “Family Caregivers and the Affordable Care Act: Where the Action Is.” In . . . → Read More: NFCA Calls for Family Caregivers to Help Support the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation under the Affordable Care Act

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What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide four specific issues in the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that . . . → Read More: What Issues Will the Supreme Court Decide on the Health Care Law?

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In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

Please take this short, Yes or No, survey. In your opinion, Should the Supreme Court strike down the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act (the Health Reform Law of 2010)? Yes or No? Click here to take survey We . . . → Read More: In Your Opinion, Should the Supreme Court Strike Down the Health Care Law?

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Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law - Decision Expected by Summer 2012

On Monday, November 14, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an Order agreeing to review and decide the litigation challenging the constitutionality of the health care law, the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, that was passed by Congress . . . → Read More: Supreme Court Grants Review of Health Care Law – Decision Expected by Summer 2012

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U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear and Decide Challenges to Health Reform Law

The U.S. Supreme Court today granted Petitions for Certiorari (review) in the 11th Circuit litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the health reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Obama in . . . → Read More: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear and Decide Challenges to Health Reform Law

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In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

The Republican Presidential candidates participated in a nationally televised debate on November 12, 2011, hosted by CBS News and held at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While the subject of this debate was foreign policy and national security, . . . → Read More: In Debate 3 GOP Presidential Candidates Say They Would End Medicare / Medicaid or Shift It to States or Vouchers

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GOP Senators Seek Investigation of $10B Medicare Innovation Center under Affordable Care Act

Three Republican Senators, Orrin Hatch of Utah, Michael Enzi of Wyoming, and Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, called on Thursday, November 10 for an examination by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, into the activities and spending . . . → Read More: GOP Senators Seek Investigation of $10B Medicare Innovation Center under Affordable Care Act

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DC Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law; Finds Individual Insurance Mandate Constitutional

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, in Washington D.C., issued a decision upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Affordable Care Act”) and ruling that the individual insurance . . . → Read More: DC Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Health Care Law; Finds Individual Insurance Mandate Constitutional

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Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued the following press release on October 24, 2011: “Affordable Care Act to help improve care for Medicare beneficiaries 500 federally qualified health centers to receive funding, participate in a program . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act to Fund Improvement of Care for Medicare Patients in 500 Community Health Centers

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Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

Professor Lawrence Lessig of Harvard Law School has written a seminal new book entitled, Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress–and a Plan to Stop It, recently published by Hachette Book Group. In it he argues that the root of . . . → Read More: Is Money in Politics Harmful to Health & the Real Enemy of Meaningful Health Care Reform?

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U.S. Government Appeals Health Care Law Litigation to Supreme Court

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011 the U.S. Department of Justice petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review and decide the litigation over the constitutionality of the individual insurance mandate in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act, the signature . . . → Read More: U.S. Government Appeals Health Care Law Litigation to Supreme Court

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HHS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative to Reward Better Coordination of Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on September 28, 2011 the launch of a new, voluntary Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative (the “Initiative”) funded under the Affordable Care Act. The Initiative, HHS says, will incentivize primary . . . → Read More: HHS Announces Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative to Reward Better Coordination of Care

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Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced on September 20, 2011 that under the Affordable Care Act, 28 states and the District of Columbia have been awarded grants totaling $109 million, to help fight unreasonable health insurance premium increases and protect . . . → Read More: Grants to States under Affordable Care Act Help Fight Health Insurance Premium Hikes

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Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports

In a briefing released on September 8, 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported statistics showing that the Affordable Care Act has so far saved Millions of Dollars in prescription drug costs and preventive care for . . . → Read More: Seniors on Medicare Have Saved $ Millions Due to Affordable Care Act, CMS Reports

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U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Two Lawsuits Challenging Affordable Care Act

petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case. Ken Cuccinelli’s State of Virginia Lawsuit Procedural History. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, on behalf of the State of Virginia, filed a lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act on the . . . → Read More: U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals Dismisses Two Lawsuits Challenging Affordable Care Act

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$137 Million for Prevention & Health Programs is Granted to States under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has today announced the award of $137 Million of grants, primarily under the Affordable Care Act, to States and non-profit organizations to fund prevention and health improvement services and initiatives. . . . → Read More: $137 Million for Prevention & Health Programs is Granted to States under Affordable Care Act

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New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Departments of Health & Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury issued proposed new rules under the Affordable Care Act on August 17, 2011 which would simplify the purchase of health insurance for consumers. Under the proposed new . . . → Read More: New Rules to Simplify Purchase of Health Insurance Proposed under Affordable Care Act

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11th Circuit Appeals Panel Strikes Insurance Mandate, Upholds Rest of Health Care Law

here attached. The description of the above provisions of the Affordable Care Act is found on pages 11-53 and pages 292-304 (Appendix A) of the attached document. The Health Care Litigation — Background The 11th Circuit’s ruling comes on . . . → Read More: 11th Circuit Appeals Panel Strikes Insurance Mandate, Upholds Rest of Health Care Law

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S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

actual S&P Research Update of August 5, 2011, downgrading the U.S. credit rating, was published by S&P on their website. It is entitled, “United States of America Long-Term Rating Lowered To ‘AA+’ On Political Risks And Rising Debt Burden; . . . → Read More: S&P Downgrade of US Credit Rating Cites Political Brinksmanship, Looming Deficit from Rising Health Care Costs

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How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO's Weigh In

Here is food for thought: six CEO’s of Hospitals around the country have given their responses to the question: “How Would You Fix Medicare and Medicaid? These responses highlight issues that are not commonly covered in the public debate . . . → Read More: How to Fix Medicare & Medicaid? 6 Hospital CEO’s Weigh In

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U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Affordable Care Act

lower court ruling by U.S. District Judge George C. Steeh in Detroit. Judge Steeh upheld the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, finding that the act of choosing not to buy health insurance was a consequential commercial decision that . . . → Read More: U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Affordable Care Act

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Affordable Care Act Has Saved Medicare Beneficiaries $260 Million on Prescription Drugs in 5 Months

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reported today that in the first five months of 2011, the Affordable Care Act has saved $260 Million in prescription drug costs for . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Has Saved Medicare Beneficiaries $260 Million on Prescription Drugs in 5 Months

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Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

A study by the Commonwealth Fund ranked the 50 U.S. States as to the quality of their health care in 2009. [See Image At Left] Recently, U.S. States have signaled increasingly divergent approaches to health care, moving in opposite . . . → Read More: Which State Provides the Best Health Care?

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National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

On June 16, 2011, the Surgeon General of the U.S. along with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and members of the National Prevention Council, announced the release of the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy, . . . → Read More: National Prevention Strategy Released June 16 Under Affordable Care Act

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Under Affordable Care Act, Preventive Services Now Free to Medicare Beneficiaries

Under the Affordable Care Act, since January 1, 2011, beneficiaries of Original Medicare no longer have to pay out-of-pocket costs for a “Welcome to Medicare” physical exam, and an annual preventive/ wellness visit with a participating physician is also . . . → Read More: Under Affordable Care Act, Preventive Services Now Free to Medicare Beneficiaries

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Government Imposes Review on All Premium Rate Hikes of 10% or More by Health Insurers

“Over the last 10 years, the cost of family health insurance has jumped an amazing 131 percent and today coverage is out of reach for millions of people and business owners,” the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services . . . → Read More: Government Imposes Review on All Premium Rate Hikes of 10% or More by Health Insurers

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Affordable Care Act Will Save $120 Billion for Medicare over 5 Years

CMS.gov. It outlines savings resulting from improvements to the Medicare program, including implementation of several provisions in the Affordable Care Act, cracking down on fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare system; reforming payment systems to reward high quality . . . → Read More: Affordable Care Act Will Save $120 Billion for Medicare over 5 Years

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2011 Medicare Trustees Report Shows Affordable Care Act Added 8 Years of Solvency to Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

The Medicare Trustees issued their Annual Report for 2011 today. It shows that the Medicare (Part A) Hospital Insurance Trust Fund is now projected to remain solvent until 2024, eight years longer than would have been the case without . . . → Read More: 2011 Medicare Trustees Report Shows Affordable Care Act Added 8 Years of Solvency to Medicare Part A Hospital Insurance Trust Fund

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Lawsuits Challenging Health Care Law to Be Argued on Appeal May 10

Conservative blogs have pointed out that the Solicitor General usually argues cases only before the U.S. Supreme Court. E. Duncan Getchell Jr., Virginia’s solicitor general, will argue before the Fourth Circuit for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Dean . . . → Read More: Lawsuits Challenging Health Care Law to Be Argued on Appeal May 10

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New Patient Safety Program Launched under Affordable Care Act

The “Partnership For Patients” program was officially launched today under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. This $1 Billion program, announced by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), aims to improve patient outcomes by reducing . . . → Read More: New Patient Safety Program Launched under Affordable Care Act

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Survey Finds 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders Support Affordable Care Act; 7 of 10 Favor Implementing the Law with Little or No Change

A recent survey of leaders in health care and health care policy found that 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders agree that the general direction set by the Affordable Care Act is appropriate, and 7 out of 10 favor . . . → Read More: Survey Finds 9 of 10 Health Care Leaders Support Affordable Care Act; 7 of 10 Favor Implementing the Law with Little or No Change

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Florida Federal Judge Stays His Previous Decision Against Health Care Reform Law

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson, the federal judge in Pensacola, Florida who previously ruled the Health Care Reform Law unconstitutional in its entirety, entered an Order on March 3, staying his own decision, pending appeal. This essentially suspends enforcement . . . → Read More: Florida Federal Judge Stays His Previous Decision Against Health Care Reform Law

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Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) Available under Health Reform Law to Help Those With Pre-existing Conditions

While lawsuits and Republicans in Congress are seeking to overturn The Affordable Care Act of 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is continuing to institute many of the law’s provisions in an effort to provide low-cost . . . → Read More: Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plans (PCIPs) Available under Health Reform Law to Help Those With Pre-existing Conditions

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D.C. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Law -- Courts now 3-2 in Favor of Law

February 22, 2011.  Senior U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler in Washington D.C. today upheld the constitutionality of the Obama Administration’s Health Care Reform law and dismissed a lawsuit brought by individual plaintiffs who challenged the law’s constitutionality based . . . → Read More: D.C. Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Health Care Law — Courts now 3-2 in Favor of Law

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Bipartisan efforts to better treat and cure paralysis

Watch The Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Act (legislation) to advance research into cures and treatments for paralysis, as well as aid those living with disability»

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Florida Federal Judge Declares Health Care Law Void in its Entirety; Conflicting Judicial Decisions Now Pending Appeal

On January 31, 2011, Judge Roger Vinson of the Federal District Court in Pensacola, Florida, issued a decision declaring the new federal Health Care Law void in its entirety, finding that the mandate for all Americans to purchase health . . . → Read More: Florida Federal Judge Declares Health Care Law Void in its Entirety – Conflicting Judicial Decisions Now Pending Appeal

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New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

The new health care law established a new voluntary national insurance program that will provide cash benefits to participants who have a qualifying disability that limits their day-to-day living and who meet the other eligibility criteria. This new program . . . → Read More: New Disability & Long-Term Care Insurance Benefit Under The New Health Care Law

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Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law

Kaiser Family Foundation provides a very helpful and easy to understand ”Implementation Timeline”  — an interactive tool to explain how and when the provisions of the health reform law will be implemented over the next several years.  You can show or hide . . . → Read More: Implementation Timeline for the Provisions of the Health Reform Law

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Webinar on The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Family Caregivers

On November 8, 2010, the Family Caregiver Alliance, the National Alliance for Caregiving, and the National Family Caregivers Association hosted a webinar entitled “The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Family Caregivers.”  The archived webinar and power point are can . . . → Read More: Webinar on The Impact of Healthcare Reform on Family Caregivers

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Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011

Here is a list of the nine key provisions of the new national Health Care Reform Law that take effect on January 1, 2011: Restriction on Insurance Company Use of Premium Dollars. Health-insurance companies will now be required to . . . → Read More: Nine Key Provisions of the New Health Care Reform Law Take Effect January 1, 2011

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The New Year Brings New Health-Care Benefits under Health Reform Law

On Saturday, January 1, 2011 important new changes to U.S. health insurance rules will take effect under the new Health Reform Law – the Affordable Care Act. Among the new provisions taking effect today are: New rules designed to . . . → Read More: The New Year Brings New Health-Care Benefits under Health Reform Law

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A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer’s Community

On December 8 and December 15, 2010, both Houses of Congress passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA); S. 3036, which is now pending the President’s signature, making this a more hopeful News Year for the 11 million Americans . . . → Read More: A Happier New Year for The Alzheimer’s Community

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Central Provision of Health Care Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

On Monday, December 13, Federal District Court Judge Henry E. Hudson of the Federal District Court in Richmond, Virginia ruled that the provision in the recently adopted health reform law requiring most Americans to obtain health insurance is unconstitutional.  . . . → Read More: Central Provision of Health Care Law Is Ruled Unconstitutional

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Federal Caregiving Legislation Enacted

From Family Caregiver Alliance, National Center on Caregiving All Caregiving Legislation is organized by category Also a summary of Bills from 2004-2010 Read More »»»

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Public and Private Laws

GPO Access (A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office Prepared and published by the office of the Federal Register (OFR), National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). GPO Access contains the text of public and private laws enacted from . . . → Read More: Public and Private Laws

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