Healthcare News April 3, 2013

  • Confirmation hearing set for top healthcare nominee

    The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing next Tuesday on Marilyn Tavenner’s nomination to lead the Centers Medicare and Medicaid Services.

    Tavenner has broad bipartisan support in Congress. Even House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has endorsed her nomination, saying he worked well with Tavenner when she led Virginia’s Medicaid agency.

  • Health groups say Medicare letter misrepresented views

    At issue is a routine-seeming letter spearheaded by RetireSafe, a nonprofit healthcare advocacy group.

  • Health law has little impact on premiums in first rate filing

    Premiums were basically unchanged for the first insurance plans to set their rates under new requirements in President Obama’s healthcare law.

    Insurers in Vermont filed their rates Monday for the plans they intend to sell through the state’s new insurance exchange. The new proposals are roughly the same as what the plans already charge, the Wall Street Journal reported.

    The insurance industry has warned of massive “rate shock” next year, as a slew of new requirements take effect all at once. 

  • Obama launches effort to map the human brain

    The president said the initiative would stimulate economic growth and lead to “jobs we haven’t even dreamt up yet.”

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