Category 'Congress'


Last week, the Obama Administration released the last budget of his presidency, accompanied by a near universal declaration the document was “DOA.” But is it? Included in the thousands of arcane budget pages were Medicare savings totaling half a trillion dollars. Most of the savings – 32 percent – come from prescription drugs, like imposing…

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Those anticipating a quiet year in health policy could be in for a surprise. While many analysts contend that election-year headwinds will prevent legislative progress on a broad range of issues, this year’s Horizon’s Health Policy Outlook offers a contrarian view. We believe the first half of 2016 could be the most productive legislative session…

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Affordable Care Act Dashboard

July 1, 2015 | Under ACA, Congress | Posted by | No Comments

On June 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in King v. Burwell that the ACA’s premium subsidies are specifically intended to be available in states with a federally-facilitated exchange. With the case’s uncertainty resolved, lawmakers are expected to introduce a number of bills modifying and repealing certain provisions of the ACA. To help set…

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SGR Reform Law Enacts Payment Reforms to Improve Quality, Outcomes and Cost Click here to view the summary. Background On April 16, 2015, the President signed into law H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, a bipartisan agreement to reform Medicare’s physician payment program (P.L. 114-10). The package updates payments to…

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Click here to view the Horizon coalition, Health IT Now’s, assessment of the 2014 elections’ impact on health information technology policy.

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Issue Brief: SGR Patch

March 26, 2014 | Under Congress, Medicare | Posted by | No Comments

House leadership has scheduled legislation to patch the SGR payment cuts for 2014 and the first quarter of 2015. The bill, negotiated between the House and Senate, is expected to be considered by the House on Thursday, March 27 and by the Senate shortly thereafter. The bill updates physician payments for one year, extends a…

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Update Health IT Policy Now

March 13, 2014 | Under Congress, FDA, Health IT | Posted by | No Comments

by Joel White, Executive Director, Health IT Now Mobile applications are revolutionizing our lives, and they have the very real potential to revolutionize our health care system for the better. Every day the mobile application and mobile health industries grow, but unfortunately the federal structure regulating mobile apps hasn’t been able to keep up. Worse,…

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Background On February 26th Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) released a discussion draft of the Tax Reform Act. The stated intent of the legislation is to, “make the tax code simpler and fairer [and] to strengthen the economy so there are more jobs and bigger paychecks for American families.” In general, the…

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by John Rother, Joel White, and David Kendall Something unexpected is happening in Washington. As most eyes track partisan battles over immigration and the Affordable Care Act, key Congressional committees have been quietly advancing truly bipartisan legislation to strengthen Medicare. Since 2002, an outdated Medicare cost control called the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) has repeatedly…

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Keep Your Insurance Proposals

November 18, 2013 | Under ACA, Congress, House, Senate | Posted by | No Comments

  Individuals with existing health insurance are receiving notices from insurers that, as of January 1, 2014, their plan would be cancelled. Plans are being cancelled because they do not meet the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) new standards, and, as such, would no longer be offered. The ACA did include a so called, “grandfather clause,”…

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