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Medicaid and budget issues face Wyoming Legislature

By Associated Press  |  January 25, 2015

A key Wyoming Senate committee could decide by the end of this week on the general outlines of how the state may try to expand Medicaid to cover thousands of working poor.

Senate GOP fails to sway Dems on Obamacare workweek change

Senate GOP fails to sway Dems on Obamacare workweek change

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 22, 2015

Senate Republicans appeared to make no progress Thursday in convincing more Democrats to join them in making a significant change to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by backing a bill redefining full-time employment as 40 hours per week instead of 30 hours.

Hatch, Alexander introduce bill to kill individual mandate

Hatch, Alexander introduce bill to kill individual mandate

By Paul Demko  |  January 21, 2015

Legislation that would eliminate Obamacare's mandate for most Americans to buy health insurance was introduced Wednesday by a pair of senators running the committees with the most influence over healthcare issues.

Hatch: GOP must be ready to act if high court strikes down subsidies

Hatch: GOP must be ready to act if high court strikes down subsidies

By Paul Demko  |  January 20, 2015

Republicans need to unite behind an alternative to Obamacare so they have a proposal ready if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that insurance subsidies in states that haven't established their own exchanges are invalid, Sen. Orrin Hatch told a gathering at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday.

Here comes this year's Medicare doc-fix exercise

By Paul Demko  |  January 16, 2015

The perennial congressional battle over repealing Medicare's sustainable growth-rate payment formula for physicians will kick off Wednesday. Two days of hearings before the House Energy and Commerce Committee will seek to find common ground on a permanent fix to the despised payment formula.

Bill looks to boost Medicare reimbursement for telehealth

By Darius Tahir  |  January 14, 2015

A key House committee has come up with a draft bill calling for Medicare to pay providers the same rates for telehealth services as for comparable in-person visits—as long as it doesn't raise overall costs.

Medical-device tax repeal wins bipartisan support

By Paul Demko  |  January 13, 2015

Proposed federal legislation to repeal the medical-device tax has resurfaced with bipartisan support in both chambers of Congress. Republicans have signaled that repealing the 2.3% excise tax, a source of funding for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, is a top priority now that they...

Bill to alter employer mandate presents first reform test

Bill to alter employer mandate presents first reform test

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

House passage last week of a bill redefining full-time employment under the law's employer mandate from 30 to 40 hours a week represents the first test of the new Republican-controlled Congress' ability to dent the healthcare reform law.

Meet Congress' new power brokers

By Paul Demko  |  January 10, 2015

With Republicans taking control of both chambers of Congress, many new committee chairs will be wielding gavels with major influence over healthcare policy and finance in 2015. They'll set the agenda on what bills get heard and what issues get aired.

Republicans seek to eliminate risk-corridor program

By Paul Demko  |  January 09, 2015

Legislation to abolish the risk-corridor program, which provides financial protection to insurers participating in the Obamacare exchanges, has been introduced in the House and Senate.

House redefines full-time work under Obamacare employer mandate

By Paul Demko  |  January 08, 2015

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to redefine full-time employment under the healthcare reform law as 40 hours a week, but Republicans failed to win enough support to override a promised presidential veto.

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