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Drive to repeal medical device tax no slam dunk in Congress

By Associated Press  |  January 31, 2015

It flew through the Republican-run House in 2012, and a year later 79 of the Democratic-led Senate's 100 members embraced it. With Republicans now controlling both chambers of Congress, the chances for repealing the 2.3% tax on medical devices are better than ever, but it won't be easy.

Ohio attorney general sues over Obamacare tax

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Applying a tax to state and local governments designed to help keep premiums affordable under the federal healthcare law is unconstitutional, Republican Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine claimed in a lawsuit last week.

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

ONC chief Dr. Karen DeSalvo on interoperability roadmap

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Dr. Karen DeSalvo, head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at HHS, makes the case for the ONC's national interoperability roadmap, released Jan. 30. She explains the plan's call for a nationally standardized "common clinical data set" and the federal role...

Enrollment groups bank on late Obamacare surge

Enrollment groups bank on late Obamacare surge

By Paul Demko  |  January 31, 2015

Healthcare providers, insurers, community health centers and not-for-profit groups around the nation that are helping Americans sign up for exchange coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are working overtime leading up to the Feb. 15 open-enrollment deadline.

Beware vaporware on value-based care

Beware vaporware on value-based care

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 31, 2015

The dictionary defines vaporware as a product that has been widely advertised but has not and may never become available. Last week's twin announcements on the imminent move to widespread value-based reimbursement in healthcare bring the concept to mind.

Groundhog Day: House votes to repeal ACA

Groundhog Day: House votes to repeal ACA

By Paul Demko  |  January 31, 2015

Congressional Republicans repeatedly have vowed to repeal and replace Obamacare, but so far they've voted only on the first part.

Wisconsin's Walker boasts of Medicaid program as he eyes presidential run

Wisconsin's Walker boasts of Medicaid program as he eyes presidential run

By Paul Demko  |  January 31, 2015

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker argued that his state's approach to Medicaid expansion is an innovative solution that could serve as a blueprint for other states. Under Wisconsin's program, individuals with incomes up to 100% of the federal poverty level are eligible for benefits. While he ended a...

Indiana's Medicaid expansion waiver raises lockout concerns

Indiana's Medicaid expansion waiver raises lockout concerns

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 31, 2015

The Obama administration's decision to approve Indiana's conservative Medicaid expansion proposal opens the door for other Republican-led states to offer similar plans that lock low-income residents out of coverage or reduce their benefits if they don't pay their premiums.

More questions surround long-term stability of co-ops

By Bob Herman  |  January 30, 2015

Not-for-profit co-ops, brought about by Obamacare, are struggling to stay above water, a new report indicates. Despite those financial troubles, some still see them showing promise for the future.

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

It's not just the ACA—employer-sponsored insurance was already eroding

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

The number of private-sector workers who get health insurance through their employer has been declining steadily since well before the Great Recession and nearly a decade before the healthcare reform law took effect, according to a new analysis published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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