Free Preventive Health Services for Women Begin Under ACA

By: Wednesday August 1, 2012 10:15 am

Today, a series of new health insurance regulations under the Affordable Care Act go into effect, in particular the free (i.e., no co-pay) preventive services for women’s health. And both the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress are in the midst of a full-court press to let everyone know about it. Here’s Kathleen Sebelius and [...]

Student Loan Fight Moves to Senate

By: Monday May 7, 2012 12:56 pm

While I was vacationing, a long-simmering deadline to avoid a doubling in federal student loan interest rates became a cause célébre among the Democrats and the White House. They actually got Republicans to flip on the issue; the House GOP budget called for allowing the doubling to occur, but suddenly, John Boehner unveiled a plan [...]

Latest Details on Payroll Tax/UI Bill Includes Cuts to Health Care Prevention Fund, Jobless Benefits

By: Wednesday February 15, 2012 1:35 pm

The details on this emerging deal on various expiring measures are getting worse by the minute. Here’s what we know: The $150 billion bill, extending the payroll tax cut, some extended unemployment insurance benefits and the “doc fix” on Medicare reimbursement rates, will only require $50 billion in offsets. The payroll tax cut won’t get [...]

A Look at the Underbelly of the President’s Deficit Plan

By: Tuesday September 20, 2011 12:29 pm

Because the April Obama deficit reduction plan played out over a 12-year time horizon, and the deficit reduction plan released yesterday has a more traditional 10-year horizon, some of the presumed changes aren’t really big changes at all. In fact, the plan reads like a rehash of that April document, with the American Jobs Act [...]

Harkin, Reed Want to Take Medicare Off the Table in Debt Limit Negotiations

By: Friday June 3, 2011 8:30 am

In addition to promising not to cave on tax cuts for the rich, President Obama in his meeting with House Democrats also promised not to cave on Medicare, amid urging from the caucus. Kathy Hochul (D-NY), the newest member of Congress, stressed the importance of Medicare to her Congressional victory last week. And Nancy Pelosi [...]

Dems Tout New Health Care Provisions; GOP Unsure of How to Repeal, Replace, Defund

By: Monday September 20, 2010 8:25 am

This week will mark the six-month anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act, and while you need not go to the local gift shop for a Hallmark card, the date will trigger a series of pieces of the law. Provisions include: • Children can stay on their parents’ plans until they are 26, [...]

Inside the 1099 Reporting Requirement, the First Piece of the Health Care Law Under Threat Today

By: Tuesday September 14, 2010 7:25 am

Around 11am et, the Senate will begin a complicated series of votes on the small business bill. First an amendment from Mike Johanns (R-NE), then from Bill Nelson (D-FL), then a substitute amendment on the whole bill from Max Baucus will get cloture votes. If the Johanns amendment clears cloture, there will be 30 hours [...]

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