Health Care Reform Update -- February 13, 2012

In This Issue:

Leading the News; Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings & Mark-ups Scheduled.

Excerpt from Leading the News

Today, President Obama and top officials unveiled the administration’s FY 2013 federal budget totaling $3.8 trillion. Among other things, the budget outlines broad changes at HHS that are projected to save a total of $357 billion over ten years - $302 billion from Medicare and $55 billion from Medicaid. Some agencies within HHS received more requested funding than in FY 2012 while some received less. CMS received the biggest bump in requested funding followed by the Administration on Aging, while the CDC received the biggest decrease in funding followed by the Administration on Children & Families. More complete budget documents can be found here. Information specific to the HHS budget can be found here. A chart of the projected savings to Medicare and Medicaid through proposed policy changes can be found below...

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