Washington Update

Fiscal Year 2015 Senate Appropriations Update

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The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services met in June to markup the Fiscal Year 2015 HHS appropriations bill. The full Appropriations Committee was scheduled to take up the bill on June 12, but that markup... Click Here To Read More

Children’s Health Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014 Introduced

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On June 11, 2014, Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) introduced S. 2461, the “Children’s Health Insurance Program Extension Act of 2014.” Unless funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program is extended, the program will... Click Here To Read More

Senate Committee Seeks Advice on Better Use of Health Care Data

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The Senate Finance Committee, a key congressional body charged with implementing health care reform, is requesting input to improve health care data transparency from a wide variety of stakeholders. 

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Obama Extends Educational Loan Repayment Option to More Borrowers

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On June 9, President Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum to permit nearly five million federal student loan borrowers with outstanding student loan balances to cap their monthly payments at 10% of... Click Here To Read More

“Sunshine” Data Available for Review

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Physicians and other health care providers, including dentists, may now review data submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) under the Open Payments program, previously known as the Sunshine Act.

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Congressional Budget Office: Measuring ACA’s Fiscal Impact No Longer Possible

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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation have asserted they can no longer measure the full fiscal effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an announcement that has provoked widespread anger and disbelief on Capitol Hill, especially among opponents of... Click Here To Read More

Lawmakers Seek to Block Proposed College Ratings System

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Congressional opposition to the Obama Administration’s plans to develop a college rating system continues to mount. On June 11, two House members, Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), introduced a resolution opposing the... Click Here To Read More

ADEA Submits Comments to Proposed Gainful Employment Final Rule

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In a May 27 letter to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, ADEA submitted comments to the department’s... Click Here To Read More

Funding Available to Add Oral Health Services at Community Health Centers

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The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced an additional $300 million in funding under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to allow community health centers to expand hours, increase the number of clinical staff, and increase capacity to provide oral... Click Here To Read More

CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed “Meaningful Use” Rules

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In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a proposed rule that would give health care providers additional time to comply with guidelines for demonstrating their... Click Here To Read More

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