Healthcare News May 15, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: GOP pounces on Sebelius’s fundraising

    Three congressional committees are investigating the fundraising pitches HHS secretary has made on behalf of an outside group promoting ObamaCare.

  • Feds tout Medicare fraud bust

    The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 89 people in eight cities have been charged with about $223 million in false Medicare billings.

    The action is part of a federal initiative against Medicare fraud that has yielded six “takedowns” since 2010, officials said.

    “This is the latest sign that we’re beginning to turn the tide of Medicare fraud,” said Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. 

  • GOP senators join Sebelius investigation

    Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee raised questions Tuesday about Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s push to raise money for a group promoting the Affordable Care Act.

    Sebelius has asked healthcare stakeholders to contribute to Enroll America, a non-profit group formed to promote the healthcare law and encourage people to sign up for its new coverage options.

    Finance Committee Republicans criticized Sebelius for seeking funds from insurance companies that will soon submit bids to sell their policies through the federally run insurance exchange.

  • CBO cuts estimates for health law’s mandates

    Unpopular taxes and mandates in President Obama’s healthcare law will be weaker than expected, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday.

    The CBO said fewer people will be affected by the law’s individual mandate, and fewer businesses will have to pay penalties for not offering health benefits to their employees.

    Those mandates are among the most politically unpopular elements of the healthcare law. But if the penalties affect fewer people, they’ll also bring in less revenue to help the government pay for the health law’s coverage expansion.

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