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

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.

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.

Former President George W. Bush

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.