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Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

How Many Plans Should be Offered In the Health Exchanges?

Thursday, May 10th, 2012 - 17:46
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Thursday, May 10, 2012 - 17:14
According to a report from The Hill, the new state based health insurance exchanges would best serve consumers by limiting the number of health plans offered. Based on a recent analysis from the health policy journal Health Affairs, individuals purchasing insurance on the new Exchanges would find it easier to survey a smaller menu of options along the lines of the Massachusetts model.

U.S. Government to Fund Innovative Care Model in Oregon

Friday, May 4th, 2012 - 14:13
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Friday, May 4, 2012 - 14:01
In exchange for payment cuts to Medicaid providers, Oregon will initiate an incentives program with the help of $1.9 billion in federal funding. According to the Associated Press the Oregon plan sanctions "coordinated care organizations to manage all mental, physical and dental care for 600,000 low-income patients on the Oregon Health Plan," the state's Medicaid program.

ACA Repeal Would Shift Power to Employers

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 - 12:29
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Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 12:16
In the event of the Supreme Court striking down the Affordable Care Act, The Associate Press reports that the government will no longer hold the reins, but employers and insurers. Expectations are that costs will be shifted from payers to consumers in the form of higher deductibles and greater penalties, in effect sensitizing customers to the true costs of care.

Republicans Developing Replacement to ACA

Monday, April 23rd, 2012 - 16:31
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Monday, April 23, 2012 - 16:19
According to a Reuters report congressional Republicans are developing legislation in the event that the Supreme Court overturns the Affordable Care Act in June. The approach would be incremental, likely employing some parts of the current health reform law that are popular. A general sketch of the plan suggests that the emphasis will be placed on cost control and continuity of coverage for those in employer sponsored plans. Right now, few other details are available.

HHS Admits No Backup Plan

Friday, April 13th, 2012 - 12:10
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Friday, April 13, 2012 - 11:55
In the wake of oral arguments at the Supreme Court and observers' belief that the health reform law may be struck down, reporters questioned the Secretary of the overseeing executive branch whether it had an alternative plan. Sebelius stuck to the Administration's party line, claiming confidence that the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate provision will be upheld.

New Study Questions Cost Efficacy of Health Law

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 - 10:45
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012 - 10:23
The Washington Post reports that instead of providing a net positive of $132 billion per the Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) initial projections when the health reform law was enacted in 2010, Charles Blahous, a conservative policy analyst and the GOP trustee for Medicare and Social Security suggests otherwise. Blahous was put in his position by President Obama.

Case on Individual Mandate May Not be All or Nothing

Monday, April 2nd, 2012 - 9:33
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Monday, April 2, 2012 - 09:27
The current discussion about the deliberations of the impending Supreme Court decision center on the individual mandate, and seem to presume that if the Court strikes down this obligation, the Affordable Care Act would be dealt a mortal blow. This presumes that there is no other way to address the very serious problem of adverse risk selection under which insurance premiums rise higher and higher as young and healthy people stay on the sidelines.

Health Reform Law's Final Day in Court

Thursday, March 29th, 2012 - 10:20
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Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:11
With everything on the line, both sides gave their closing arguments for and against the law on Wednesday. Most notably, the justices questioned the parties regarding the expansion of Medicaid, projected to result in 16 million new insured Americans. With billions of new federal dollars being pumped into state programs to covered the newly eligibly at 133% of the federal poverty level, the states are claiming that this part of the Affordable Care Act unconstitutionally coerces them to expand a program against their prerogative.

Supreme Court Hearings - Day 2

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 - 10:28
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012 - 10:14
Day two of the Supreme Court's review of the Affordable Care Act led to heated confrontation between the High Court and the Solicitor General representing the federal government. Questioning the validity of the government's claims in regards to the Constitution's Commerce Clause, Justice Alito asked how forcing individuals to buy insurance would differ from broccoli.

Supreme Court Reviews Health Reform Law - Day 1

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 - 11:48
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 11:40
The Court listened to arguments on the 19th century Anti-Injunction Act, which bars a lawsuit from being brought forth until the tax has been actually levied. Essentially, the penalty imposed as part of the individual mandate on those who eschew health insurance will not go into effect until 2014, meaning a lawsuit could not be ruled on until 2015. Interestingly, the federal government, defending the individual mandate, does not ascribe to the notion of the penalty as a tax, therefore nixing a delay in the case.