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It's really over this time; chambers finish health care overhaul

House and Senate pass reconciliation package tweaking legislation President Obama signed into law on Tuesday.

Oversight

Senate sends fixes bill back to House

Adjustments to the health care reconciliation bill are minor.

Pay & Benefits

House approves Senate health care bill

In historic move, House votes 219-212 to send an overhaul measure the Senate passed in December to the president's desk.

Defense

Congress has light load for State of the Union week

Health care reform is expected to go on the back burner as Democrats regroup.

Oversight

Markup set to seek information on health bill deals

Plan calls on President Obama and HHS to hand over any documents and communications based on the deals as well as offer up the dates and attendance lists of meetings.

Oversight

Dems aim to send health bill to CBO Friday

Taxes are still an issue in negotiations.

Oversight

House leaders return, with health overhaul back on front burner

Lawmakers will focus on how the two bills will pay for reform costs.

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Informal negotiations on health bill are likely instead of conference

Aide cites threat of procedural obstacles in leadership's decision to bypass formal conference committee to hammer legislative differences.

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Senate votes final passage of healthcare bill

Key lawmakers in both chambers will begin calling each other next week to begin conference negotiations.

Oversight

Senate moves up final healthcare overhaul vote

Bill is on track for final passage Thursday.

Oversight

Senate on track to approve health bill

Chamber is expected to hold a series of votes this week on the legislation, with final passage expected on Dec. 24.

Oversight

Senate vote sets up health overhaul passage

Democrats hope to get bill to Obama before State of the Union in late January.

Oversight

Democratic rhetoric shifts on health plan

Latest proposal is modeled after the federal employee health benefits program.

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OPM could get role running national health plan

Agency had been considered for role administering public option; now Senators weigh putting agency in charge of national health exchange.

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Senators seek to put OPM in charge of health care public option

Deal would modify original plan to give responsibility to Health and Human Services Department.

Oversight

CBO: Nongroup premiums will rise under health care bill

Congressional budget office predicts the measure would increase average nongroup premiums 10 percent to 13 percent by 2016 above what they would be if current law remained in place.

Oversight

Cost of Senate health care bill pegged at $900 billion

Tax on insurance companies would help cover the costs.

Oversight

CBO sees deficits beyond 10-year window

Health care bill likely would lead to increases in the deficit during the following decade, analysis says.

Oversight

Senators outline options for public insurance plan

One of three possibilities would involve setting up a new administrative agency within the Health and Human Services Department.

Oversight

Dems likely to file cloture on HHS nomination

Some Republicans oppose Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as HHS secretary, in part, for her policy positions and her support of abortion rights.