Obama getting $1.1 trillion spending bill from Congress

Obama getting $1.1 trillion spending bill from Congress

By Associated Press  |  December 14, 2014

Congress cleared a $1.1 trillion spending bill for President Barack Obama's signature after a day of Senate intrigue capped by a failed, largely symbolic Republican challenge to the administration's new immigration policy.

New House budget chairman to follow Ryan framework

By Associated Press  |  December 13, 2014

The incoming Republican chairman of the House Budget panel says he's going to follow outgoing chairman Paul Ryan's lead by drafting a fiscal blueprint that would balance the budget in 10 years and call for transforming Medicare into a system that places future retirees in private health insurance...

Data Points for Dec. 15, 2014

Data Points for Dec. 15, 2014

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 13, 2014

Data Points for the week of Dec. 15, 2014, covered the following topics: Reproductive care, abortions, pregnancy, Medicaid.

VA's private-care initiative impeded by administrative issues

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 12, 2014

Administrative and reimbursement issues are hampering the Veterans Affairs Department's new initiative aimed at granting wider access to private care for vets unable to get treatment within the system, say some providers around the country who have tried working in the new program.

Antibiotic-resistant bug battle wins bipartisan support in Congress

By Jaimy Lee  |  December 11, 2014

A bill surfaced in the final days of the current Congress with bipartisan support to ease regulatory requirements to get drugs that treat antibiotic-resistant bacteria approved, and it is expected to also be considered by the new Congress in January.

Ex-Majority Leader Lott urges Republicans to fix subsidy language

By Lisa Schencker  |  December 05, 2014

Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said he'd encourage his fellow Republicans to pass a technical fix to the healthcare reform law to address the issue of whether people who buy coverage in states using the federal insurance exchange can continue to receive premium subsidies.

Little action expected on CHIP funding by year-end

By Virgil Dickson  |  December 02, 2014

Legislative action appears unlikely on the Children's Health Insurance Program during Congress' current lame duck session, despite ongoing pleas from advocates that federal funding for the program be extended as quickly as possible.

Ohio bill would shield doctors who say 'My fault'

By Associated Press  |  December 02, 2014

Doctors talking privately to patients or families after a medical mishap could acknowledge responsibility or even admit a mistake without that conversation being used against them later in court, according to a proposal in the Ohio General Assembly pushed by physicians.

Pallone picked for key role on House healthcare committee

Pallone picked for key role on House healthcare committee

By Paul Demko  |  November 19, 2014

Rep. Frank Pallone has prevailed in a tightly contested race for the top Democratic slot on the influential Energy and Commerce Committee, which has principal authority over healthcare legislation. The ranking member will play a crucial role in any efforts to amend or replace the ACA.

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