Mark Alderman

Mark Alderman

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update - April 2014

Last Thursday Kathleen Sebelius resigned from her post as Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). On Friday President Obama nominated Sylvia Matthews Burwell, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director. As...more

4/16/2014 - Affordable Care Act CHIP Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Kathleen Sebelius MedPAC OMB

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 2014

On Sunday, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned four. Unsurprisingly, Democrats celebrated the law’s birthday by touting its many successes and Republicans used it to highlight the problems the law has faced, as well as...more

3/27/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Legislative Agendas Physician SGR Formula

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - March 13, 2014

This week President Obama released his Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Proposal, which provides useful information on his priorities for the year but, as is normally the case, is not likely to gain much traction; the administration...more

3/13/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMMI CMS Federal Budget Healthcare Healthcare Reform Physician SGR Formula Tax Reform

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 26, 2014

Though Congress was in recess this past week, congressional staff was hard at work continuing to consider ways to prevent a cut to Medicare providers’ payment rates that will be triggered by the sustainable growth rate...more

2/27/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Contraceptive Coverage Mandate DOL Durable Medical Equipment Eligibility Final Rules Health and Welfare Plans Healthcare Reform HHS Medicaid Medicare Medicare Advantage Medicare Part D Notre Dame Physician Medicare Reimbursements U.S. Treasury Waiting Periods

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 14, 2014

This week the Obama administration announced that it would delay the employer mandate, which requires that businesses with more than 50 full-time employees provide full-time employees with health insurance or pay a penalty,...more

2/17/2014 - Affordable Care Act Delays Employee Benefits Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Reform Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - February 10, 2014

Last week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), in which it projected a decline in the number of full-time-equivalent hours worked; the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means,...more

2/11/2014 - Affordable Care Act CMS Congressional Budget Office HHS Max Baucus Medicaid Expansion Medicare

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 31, 2014

This week the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) provided new scores for the three sustainable growth rate (SGR) repeal proposals from the Senate Finance, House Ways and Means, and Energy and Commerce Committees; a list of...more

2/3/2014 - Affordable Care Act Congressional Budget Office Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medicaid Medicaid Expansion

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 24, 2014

In a high-stake but relatively uneventful series of negotiations, the House and Senate passed a continuing resolution to fund the government through September, averting another government shutdown. Also over the past week,...more

1/24/2014 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Healthcare.gov HHS MACPAC

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - January 3, 2014

The new year kicked off this week with all eyes watching not only Winter Storm Hercules, but also how the new Affordable Care Act (ACA) coverage will work. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS),...more

1/6/2014 - ACOs Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare Healthcare Reform Healthcare.gov Medicaid Medicare

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - December 19, 2013

The deadline to enroll in coverage for January 1 was officially extended by a week, but the new December 23 deadline is fast approaching, and premium payments are required to be paid by the last day of 2013 for January 2014...more

12/20/2013 - Affordable Care Act CHIP CMS Federal Budget Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Medicaid Medicare MedPAC Mental Illness Physician SGR Formula Premiums

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - December 9, 2013

The Obama administration announced that it met the November 30 deadline for fixing HealthCare.gov’s problems; however, there are some concerns that information submitted by consumers is not properly transmitting to insurers,...more

12/10/2013 - Affordable Care Act Healthcare Healthcare Reform Healthcare.gov

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - November 5, 2013

Criticism of the Affordable Care Act’s exchange rollout continued this past week. The main line of attack has moved from the malfunctioning website to canceled plans despite President Obama’s repeated promise that those who...more

11/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 29, 2013

Repair work to Healthcare.gov is underway, and White House advisors are now pledging that it will be functioning smoothly by the end of November. However, the system was met with new problems over the weekend when the...more

10/31/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare.gov HHS Kathleen Sebelius

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 22, 2013

After 16 days of government shutdown, Congress voted to reopen the government and avert default without defundingthe Affordable Care Act, delaying the individual mandate, stripping the medical device tax from the law or...more

10/23/2013 - Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Reform Legislative Agendas Medicare Open Enrollment

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 10, 2013

It is now the second week the exchanges have been open and the second week the government has been partially closed. The exchanges still have glitches, and Congress still has not agreed on a way to fund the government,...more

10/11/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Continuing Resolution Debt Ceiling Government Shutdown Healthcare HHS Medicaid Medicare

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - October 4, 2013

Open enrollment began this week, making it possible for the first time to enroll in Affordable Care Act (ACA) online marketplaces. Technical glitches were widespread, but the problems were overshadowed by the shutdown of the...more

10/7/2013 - Affordable Care Act Continuing Resolution Government Shutdown Healthcare Reform

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 24, 2013

With a week until a potential government shutdown and a week until open enrollment begins, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is in the limelight. On September 20, the House voted for a continuing resolution that funds the...more

9/26/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Continuing Resolution Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Federal Budget Fraud Government Shutdown Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare HHS Open Enrollment Premiums

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 17, 2013

Congress has been back for a week, and already the president and Democrats are engaged in a contest with Republicans to see who will blink first. Additional spending legislation needs to be passed to keep the government...more

9/18/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Congressional Budget Office Healthcare Reform Legislative Agendas

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 11, 2013

After spending the past month in their home districts listening to constituents, this week House and Senate members are back in Washington and Congress is back in session. Though the attention of many has turned to...more

9/12/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Healthcare IRS Medicaid Qualified Health Plans

Significant Restrictions on Local Government Debt and Swaps Introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly

Legislation (Senate Bills No. 901, 902, 903 and 904 (SB 901, SB 902, SB 903 and SB 904)) has been introduced in the Pennsylvania General Assembly that, if passed, in whole or in part, could significantly affect certain types...more

9/9/2013 - Economic Development Funding Legislative Agendas Municipalities Ultra Vires

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - September 3, 2013

There is only one week left of Congress’ summer recess. While the members have been in their home districts, the agencies in Washington have been finalizing Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations on everything from the...more

9/4/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Employer Mandate Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS IRS Open Enrollment

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 26, 2013

In response to security concerns about personal information in the health insurance exchanges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new security agreement for the data hubs where this information...more

8/27/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Data Protection Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Reform Medicaid Medicare Open Enrollment Personally Identifiable Information

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 19, 2013

With less than 50 days until open enrollment begins, tensions in Washington and around the country are high among health care stakeholders. ...more

8/20/2013 - Affordable Care Act CMS Deadlines Delays DOL Healthcare Healthcare Reform HHS Open Enrollment Pay or Play Shared Responsibility Rule

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the...more

8/14/2013 - Affordable Care Act CHIP CMS Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Fraud Healthcare Reform IRS Marilyn Tavenner Medicaid Medicare Proposed Legislation

Health Care Reform Implementation Update - July 30, 2013

Some Republicans are threatening not to pass any debt ceiling deal that does not defund the Affordable Care Act and Democrats say they will not pass any deal that does; the full House Energy and Commerce Committee is slated...more

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