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2019 Medicare Budget Reduced by $95 Billion – The New York Times is reporting that the projected Medicare budget for 2019 is $95 billion less than the projected budget for 2019 four years ago. According to the...more

Program Integrity Priorities Revealed in FY 2015 HHS Budget

On March 14, 2014, President Obama unveiled his Administration’s proposed fiscal year 2015 budget for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In total, the Administration is seeking $77.1 billion to fund HHS in FY...more

FY 2015 Budget Request Includes Reductions and Reforms to CMS Spending

President Obama has released the administration’s FY 2015 budget request, and it includes investments and proposals for HHS that are estimated to save $355.6 billion over 10 years. The FY 2015 budget estimate for CMS is...more

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

New Budget Deal Can Bring Extension of Medicare Sequestration Cuts

While many in Washington, D.C. are celebrating today the unusual display of bipartisan budgetary comity as the new budget deal is announced, there is a direct and immediate adverse effect for hospitals and physicians. As...more

Congressional Budget Office’s estimate on budgetary effects of raising Medicare eligibility age to 67

On October 24, 2013, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released an updated estimate on the potential impact of raising Medicare’s eligibility age. Medicare costs are expected to rapidly increase in coming years due to...more

Lawmakers Reach Deal to End Government Shutdown, Raise Debt Ceiling

While the focus over the past 16 days has been on the shuttered government and the prospect of the United States defaulting on its debt obligations, there are subtexts that are relevant to the health care industry. This On...more

Capital Thinking Update - July 29, 2013

General Legislative - The Senate will convene today, Monday, July 29, at 2:00pm. After any Leader remarks, the Senate will be in morning business until 4:30 pm, with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each....more

Significant Proposed Changes for Federal Health Care Programs in President’s Fiscal Year 2014 Budget Plan

On April 10, 2013, President Obama released his budget proposal for fiscal year (FY) 2014 (the Budget). The President reiterated his long-standing goal of reducing the deficit by $4.3 trillion over 10 years and his...more

President’s Budget Proposes to “Clarify” that the DSH Medicare Fraction Includes Exhausted and MA Days

The President’s proposed budget for FY 2014, released last week, includes a line item at page 197 that proposes to "Clarify the Medicare Fraction in the Medicare Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) statute." This line item...more

Congress could use some "Colorado Courage"

Faced with unpleasant alternatives, Congress sometimes simply ignores problems. Its recent “solution” to the fiscal cliff is a case in point. Rather than face the problem, Congress has adopted temporary measures, postponed...more

Capital Thinking Update - February 4, 2013

In This Issue: General Legislative; Debt Limit; Agriculture & Food; Budget, Appropriations; Cybersecurity; Education; Energy; Financial Services; Health Care; International Defense and Homeland Security; and,...more

Capital Thinking Update - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: - General Legislative - Fiscal Cliff - Agriculture & Food - Budget, Appropriations - Cybersecurity - Education - Energy - Environment - Financial Services - Health...more

Washington Insight - Special Edition: Congress Steps Away From Fiscal Cliff

For months in Washington, and beyond, attention has been focused on the "fiscal cliff" -- the combination of the expiration of the Bush tax cuts and the looming budget cuts referred to as "sequestration." Negotiations led by...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 17, 2012

General Legislative On Monday, December 17, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 pm. Legislation considered under Suspension of the...more

Capital Thinking Update - December 10, 2012

General Legislative On Tuesday, December 11, the House will meet at noon for morning hour and at 2:00 for legislative business. The House will consider a Motion to go to Conference on H.R. 4310 – National Defense...more

House Budget Committee's Democrats Publish FAQs on Sequestration

Democratic members of the U.S. House Budget Committee have released a brief Frequently Asked Questions primer on the budget sequestration set to take effect on January 2, 2013. ...more

OMB Issues Report on Likely Effects of Sequestration

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a report on September 14, 2012 detailing the magnitude of impending across-the-board cuts to Federal spending beginning on January 2, 2013 in a process known as...more

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 &...more

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