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August 6, 2014 An outdated—and expensive—Defense health care program duplicates benefits offered elsewhere, but Congress has to change the law to get rid of it.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.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

The Perfect Obamacare Horror Story Remains Elusive

May 8, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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.

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.'