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  • Surprise Medical Bills
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    Surprise Medical Bills

    Medical experts and health care trade association leaders testified at a hearing on efforts to protect patients from surprise medical bills. Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)…

  • House Panel Examines Medicare Payment Systems Changes
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    Medicare Program and Payment Systems

    Following the House vote break, the hearing continued with questioning by the ranking Democrat of the House Ways and Means subcommittee, Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI).

  • CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt Testifies on Medicare Doc Fix Implementation
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    Medicare Doc Fix Implementation

    Andy Slavitt testified at a hearing on the implementation of the Medicare “doc fix” bill that permanently replaced the sustainable growth rate formula used to determine Medicare payments…

  • Medicare Hospital Coverage
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    Medicare Hospital Coverage

    Witnesses testified on Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rules regarding in-patient and out-patient payments along with the Medicare audit program. The first panel included CMS…

  • ACA Employer Mandate
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    Employer Heath Insurance Mandate

    Mark Iwry testified at a hearing on the Affordable Care Act employer mandate that requires companies to offer health insurance to their employees. He said that the Obama administration had…

  • 2013 Medicare Trustee Report Part 1
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    2013 Medicare Trustee Report

    Two Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees members testified on the 2013 Medicare Trustees Report, specifically on the program’s financial status and changes from the Trustees'…

  • House Holds Hearing on Delay of Employer Mandate
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    Affordable Care Act Employer Mandate

    Mark Iwry testified on the Obama Administration’s decision to move the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate deadline from 2014 to 2015 and the legal justification for the decision. Committee Chairman…

  • House Subcmte Hears About Employer Mandate  ACA
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    Health Care Law Employer Mandate

    Ethics policy experts and law academics testified on the Obama administration’s decision to delay the employer mandate and the employer information reporting requirements under the…

  • Medicare Advantage Program
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    Medicare Advantage Program

    The Medicare Advantage program is an alternative to the FIFA insurance program, offered by private companies, and about 1 of every 4 Medicare recipients take part in the program. The…

  • Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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    Medicare Payment Advisory Commission

    Glenn Hackbarth spoke about a Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) report on the operation of Medicare programs. The report had several recommendations, including caps on…

  • Medicare Cost Control
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    Medicare Cost Control

    Witnesses testified on proposals to control Medicare costs. One proposal would give seniors a voucher to shop for their own private health insurance. Under their so-called “premium support” plan, Medicare would no…

  • Medicare Provider Payment Policies
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    Medicare Provider Payment Policies

    Health care leaders testified on Medicare payment provisions and their impact on the federal budget. The certain Medicare provider payment policies scheduled to expire by December 31, 2011.…

  • Financial State of Medicare
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    Financial State of Medicare

    Social Security and Medicare Trustees Charles Blahous and Robert Reischauer testified on the financial state of Medicare. They blamed the economy for the worsening financial state of the…

  • Health Care Coverage and Biomedical Research Panel 1
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    Health Care Coverage and Biomedical Research, Panel 1

    A hearing was held to examine the state of health care coverage and biomedical research in the face of a worsening economy, as well as the effect that increased federal support would have…

  • Breast Cancer Research Bills
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    Breast Cancer Research Bills

    Witnesses testified about federal programs and funding for breast cancer research. They specifically addressed several pieces of legislation. Among them was HR 1157, the Breast Cancer and…

  • Stem Cell Research
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    Stem Cell Research

    The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held a hearing to examine recent advances in stem cell research and the opportunities for developing new medical therapies for diseases such…

  • Health Insurance for Children
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    Health Insurance for Children

    Governors from five states testified about the impact that anticipated budget shortfalls will have on their ability to secure affordable coverage for uninsured children. Topics included…

  • Medicare Advantage Audit Plan
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    Medicare Advantage Audit Plan

    Federal officials testified about the Medicare Advantage Program Report, focusing on statutorily required audits of Advantage Plan bids. They reviewed their first oversight in six years on…

  • Postpartum Depression Research
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    Postpartum Depression Research

    Witnesses testified about proposed legislation, H.R. 20, The Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act. Topics included funding research, diagnosing post-partum depression,…

  • Womens Health Issues
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    Women's Health Issues

    A hearing was held on legislation to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases in women. Janet Wolf is also supervisor of…

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