Healthcare News April 2, 2013

  • Perry doubles down against ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion

    The Texas governor says the Medicare expansion in the healthcare law would make his state “hostage” to Washington.

  • Group calls on NCAA to guarantee health coverage for athletes

    The group reacted to the severe leg injury endured by Louisville player Kevin Ware on Sunday.

  • HHS scraps proposed cuts to private Medicare plans

    The insurance industry won a major lobbying victory Monday as the federal Medicare agency scrapped a proposed cut to Medicare Advantage plans. 

    The Health and Human Services Department announced Monday that it will not follow through on a proposed cut to Medicare Advantage plans, which are administered by private insurers.

    The change comes after a fierce lobbying campaign from the insurance industry, which ran TV ads protesting the cuts and organized a massive letter-writing campaign among members of Congress.

  • GOP takes credit as HHS lowers Medicaid payments

    House Republicans said Monday they have successfully pushed the federal Medicaid agency to cut more than $1 billion in Medicaid overpayments to New York state.

    House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been pressing the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) to reduce payments to certain state-run facilities in New York.

    Issa said Monday that HHS has set a new payment rate, which will save the federal government roughly $1.2 billion over the next 18 months.

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