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.

How The Supreme Court Can Kill Obamacare Without Overturning It

November 18, 2014 A challenge to the law's subsidies would deeply undermine its basic structure.

Postal Employees’ Health Care Costs Will Rise Far Less Than Originally Estimated

November 12, 2014 OPM vastly overstated increase in employees’ share of premiums, USPS says.

Pentagon Delays Until April Changes to Autism Coverage for Military Kids

October 21, 2014 Department is holding off on cutting reimbursement rates for one-on-one therapy after families complained.

Temp Feds Will Have Access to Health Care Coverage Starting in January

October 17, 2014 OPM publishes final rule expanding the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.

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

September 30, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Employer-based health care coverage is seeing modest price increases.

Feds Can Now Roll Over Unused Flexible Spending Account Funds

September 5, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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August 6, 2014 An outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.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, 2014 Moves could jeopardize billions in premium subsidies for residents of those states.

Many Part-Time Feds Will Soon Be Eligible for Federal Health Benefits

July 29, 2014 OPM looks to expand FEHBP coverage.

The border fence separates Tijuana from California.

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

July 28, 2014 Hurdles remain before legislators leave for the summer.

Will Boehner's Obamacare Lawsuit Work?

July 14, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 Defense secretary orders assessment to determine any weaknesses.

No, the VA Is Not an Obamacare Preview

May 27, 2014 The Veterans Affairs system is completely different from Obamacare.

Conservatives Want a Bigger Obamacare Fight Around HHS Nominee

May 16, 2014 The senators behind the government shutdown say Sylvia Mathews Burwell shouldn't get confirmed until she answers more questions about Obamacare.