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August 6 An outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.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

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.