Healthcare News April 20, 2013

  • VA wants to recalculate vets’ copayments

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) wants to change the way it calculates how much veterans are able to pay for extended care.

    In a proposal to be unveiled on Monday, the VA will announce its desire to use a different calculation method to determine whether veterans are able to cover their copayments.

    For non-service-related disabilities, veterans can pay up to $97 per day for extended care. However, the copayments only apply “to the extent the veteran and the veteran’s spouse have available resources,” according to the law.

  • Reports: Uninsured Boston victim crowdfunding medical treatment

    A victim of the Boston bombing who provided key information to the FBI is crowdfunding his medical bills because he lacks health insurance, according to reports.

    Jeff Bauman, the subject of an iconic photo taken in the bomb’s aftermath, lost both legs in the blast.

    The 27-year-old is recovering at Boston Medical Center and seeking to raise $300,000 through an online fundraising tool called GoFundMe. 

  • Administration presses ahead on background checks after Senate defeat

    HHS initiates a rulemaking process aimed at removing legal barriers that are keeping states from sharing records.

  • Obama administration inks $8M PR contract to promote health law

    The Obama administration has signed a new contract with a public relations firm to promote the central piece of ObamaCare.

    The agency charged with implementing most of the healthcare law has signed a new contract with the firm Weber Shandwick. 

    An official with the Health and Human Services (HHS) Department said the department contracted with Weber Shandwick to promote newly created insurance exchanges, which are scheduled to come online in October.

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