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

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.

How VA Is Using Big Data to Keep Patients Out of the Hospital

December 23, 2013 Doctors combine assessment tools and analytics to address high-risk cases early.

Federal Workers Should Benefit from Flexible Spending Account Changes, Lawmakers Say

December 19, 2013 OPM will decide whether government employees can roll over $500 in unused health FSA funds.

White House Presses for TRICARE Fee Increases

November 21, 2013 Congress so far has rejected the Obama administration’s attempts to rein in the costs of the military’s health care program.

Obama Will Nominate Vivek Hallegere Murthy for Surgeon General

November 15, 2013 Nomination comes in the midst of the president's public defense of the health care reform law.

"I've always believed that we need to have a positive, principled solution as an alternative," said Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., a leading conservative and medical doctor.

No Consensus on GOP Plans to Replace Obamacare

November 7, 2013 Lawmakers have launched efforts, but leadership has yet to back one.

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., sent an Oct. 24 letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius threatening her with a subpoena if she fails to turn over materials.

GOP Lawmakers Push Faster Delivery of Healthcare.gov Documents

October 25, 2013 Issa and Alexander threaten to subpoena details on flailing health care website.

Issa: Let All Americans Into Feds’ Health Plan

October 24, 2013 Oversight committee chairman’s bill would open up FEHBP to all citizens.

Some Democrats Back Delay of Obamacare Mandate; Enrollment May Be Extended

October 23, 2013 Most Democrats are sticking to the script and emphasizing it is early in the registration process.

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Analysis: To Avoid Bush's Fate, Obama Must Fire Someone Soon

October 23, 2013 The public expects action on the botched health care rollout.

Obamacare Got More Popular During the Shutdown

October 23, 2013 Americans still oppose the law, but slightly less than they did in August.

Feds Will Pay 4.4 Percent More Toward Health Care Premiums in 2014

September 24, 2013 Employee contributions rise faster than government’s share.

Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., is sponsoring a bill that would prohibit the government from contributing to the premium costs of health care plans covering members of Congress and congressional staff.

Republicans Want Lawmakers, Staff to Foot Obamacare Bill

September 10, 2013 Legislation would prohibit government from subsidizing cost of congressional health insurance plans on exchanges.

Treasury Offers Obamacare Rule to Simplify Employer Reporting

September 6, 2013 House lawmaker seeks budget office review of union plans under health care law.

The Health and Human Services Department, through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to spend $8.7 million to “promote ObamaCare through advertising across the country,” Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., wrote.

Senator Calls $8.7M in Obamacare Ads a 'Blatant Misuse' of Taxpayer Funds

September 4, 2013 HHS defends campaign as standard educational outreach.

Obama's Affordable Care Act Looking a Bit Unaffordable

August 29, 2013 The exchanges present a savings for some employers but a rate hike for their employees.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has not joined the defunding effort or taken a public position.

Push for a Government Shutdown Over Obamacare Falls on Hard Times

August 20, 2013 Defunders try to drum up support on the road as potential allies say 'no.'

House Republicans Vote (Again) Against Obamacare Mandates

July 18, 2013 There have been 38 legislative attempts to revoke either all or part of the health care reform law since 2011.