Congress Passes Continuing Appropriations Act

 

Congress passed the “Continuing Appropriations Act, 2014” on October 16, 2013. The legislation funds the federal government through January 15, 2014 and raises the federal debt ceiling through February 7, 2014. [More]

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President Releases Proposed FY 2014 Budget

 

President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2014 on April 10, 2013. The budget outlines proposals for new legislation that would cut Medicare expenditures by $371 billion over the period 2014-2023. [More]

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President Releases Proposed FY 2013 Budget

 

President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2013 on February 13. The proposal would cut federal Medicaid and Medicare expenditures by $360 billion over ten years. [More]

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President Obama Proposes Medicare and Medicaid Cuts in Deficit Reduction Plan

 

President Obama released a new deficit reduction plan on September 19 that includes $248 billion in Medicare reductions and $73 billion in Medicaid reductions, as compared with current law, over a ten year period. [More]

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President Releases Proposed FY 2012 Budget

 

President Obama released his proposed budget for FY 2012 on February 14. The Medicaid and program integrity sections of the proposed budget would reduce the states’ ability to impose provider taxes to generate the state share of Medicaid expenditures, tighten certification of public expenditure (CPE) requirements to ensure that federal funds are not used to satisfy state Medicaid matching obligations, widen states’ options to deny Medicaid claims if other payers may be legally responsible for the claims, limit Medicaid payments for durable medical equipment (DME) to Medicare rates obtained through Medicare’s DME competitive bidding program, and increase state Medicaid tracking of high prescribers and high users of prescription drugs. [More]

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CMS, MedPAC, and National Debt Commission Promote Medicare/Medicaid Innovation

 

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on December 3 that it will release proposed regulations on Medicare payments to accountable care organizations (ACOs). CMS's December 3 announcement comes on the heels of the White House's December 1 release of the report on the national debt which strongly urges CMS to accelerate use of ACOs and many other Medicare and Medicaid innovations that are authorized under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). [More]

 

Illinois Creates Health Reform Implementation Council

 

Governor Pat Quinn signed an Executive Order on July 30 creating the Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council. [More]

 

Senate Democrats Unveil Medicaid Extension Bill and Medicare Physician Payment "Fix"

 

On June 8, Senate Democratic leaders issued proposed changes to a tax and benefits bill that would reverse a 21 percent cut in reimbursement to physicians that took effect on June 1. [More]

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FFY 2011 Health Budget Overview

 

President Obama released his proposed budget for FFY 2011, containing items critical to state and local health care organizations, on February 1. [More]

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Federal Budget Overview

 

The Executive Office of Management and Budget released the FY 2010 Federal budget overview on February 26. It sets aside $633.8 billion in a reserve fund as a first step toward financing costs of health care expansion over ten years. [More]

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