SPECIAL REPORT

Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law in March 2010 by President Barack Obama. The Supreme Court held up the statute's constitutionality in June 2012. The act's effects on government benefits is still not clear, but implementation of the act will also be an issue for feds.
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SPECIAL REPORT

Some TRICARE Enrollees Won’t Have to Pay Annual Fee Increases

3:42 PM ET The Pentagon is making an exception for two groups of Prime beneficiaries.

All Women Enrolled in TRICARE Would Have Access to Free Birth Control Under Bill

September 19 Legislation would prohibit a co-pay for contraception and offer family planning services to female beneficiaries.

A sign advertising the administration's health care marketplace is shown in Chicago in 2013.

Obamacare Hasn’t Driven Up Employers' Health Care Premiums

September 10 Employer-based health care coverage is seeing modest price increases.

Feds Can Now Roll Over Unused Flexible Spending Account Funds

September 5 OPM allows eligible participants in the health care FSA to carry up to $500 into the next plan year.

Obamacare Subsidies Are Going Back to Court

September 4 The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals will reconsider a ruling eliminating insurance subsidies in the majority of states.

Temp Feds Are One Step Closer to Health Insurance

August 28 As comment period on draft rules ends, union urges OPM to provide access to FEHBP to newly-eligible employees ASAP.

How Governors Could Become America's Health Care Czars

August 12 If the Halbig court ruling is upheld, some states will be put in a tricky position.

Defense Could Save Millions in Health Care Costs If Congress Would Let It

August 6 An outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.

Maureen O'Connell of Health Access MN instructs people in St. Paul, Minn., to help them understand how federal health care reform and the Minnesota state exchange affects their lives in 2013.

Court Rulings Add Urgency to State Exchange Decisions

August 4 Moves could jeopardize billions in premium subsidies for residents of those states.

The border fence separates Tijuana from California.

Congress Tries to Cram in Border Response, VA Reforms Before Summer Recess

July 28 Hurdles remain before legislators leave for the summer.

Will Boehner's Obamacare Lawsuit Work?

July 14 Legal experts question whether the House has standing to sue the president.

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, HHS Secretary

New HHS Secretary Reshuffles Obamacare Management

June 20 Burwell puts a single individual in charge, recruits chief technology officer for marketplaces.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Pentagon Will Review Its Health Care System to Avoid VA’s Mistakes

May 28 Defense secretary orders assessment to determine any weaknesses.

No, the VA Is Not an Obamacare Preview

May 27 The Veterans Affairs system is completely different from Obamacare.

Conservatives Want a Bigger Obamacare Fight Around HHS Nominee

May 16 The senators behind the government shutdown say Sylvia Mathews Burwell shouldn't get confirmed until she answers more questions about Obamacare.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The Perfect Obamacare Horror Story Remains Elusive

May 8 Republicans still struggle to find people who have actually been inconvenienced.

Transparency Group Wants to Know If HUD’s Promotion of Obamacare Was Illegal

April 14 Cause of Action tells IGs department may have broken the law by working on a project outside its appropriations.

The Name Left Out in Obamacare Victory Remarks: Kathleen Sebelius

April 2 HHS secretary was there when the president announced enrollment milestone, but did not get mentioned.

How Obamacare Could Lead to Better, Cheaper FEHBP Coverage

March 27 Keeping federal employees healthy is in the nation’s best interest, OPM director tells insurance providers.