Health Care Reform Update - June 27, 2011

Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

On June 19th Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) wrote an op-ed for POLITICO in which he detailed his plans to abolish the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB). Rep. Roe claims that IPAB will lead to rationing and that Congress does not have sufficient oversight over it. Currently his bill to repeal that provision of the ACA has 120 co-sponsors in the House. The op-ed can be found here.

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On June 20th HHS sent its exchange regulation entitled “Requirements to Implement American Health Benefit Exchanges and Other Provisions of the Affordable Care Act” to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review. The regulation is expected to be released by July 7th.

On June 20th CMS released a report on the expanded preventive service coverage for Medicare beneficiaries under the ACA. The report claimed that 5.5. Million Americans are using the preventive benefits of the new law. The report can be found here.(Please see below.)

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