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Increasing The Medicare Eligibility Age: A Smaller Bargain

July 29, 2011

From Politico: By JENNIFER HABERKORN | 7/28/11 12:41 PM EDT President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner failed to strike a “grand bargain” on the nation’s deficit, but they may have pulled off another trick: revolutionizing the debate over Medicare. When they both accepted the idea of increasing the Medicare eligibility age to 67,…

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CMS Report: Healthcare Reform To Increase Spending

July 28, 2011

From Politico: Seniors listen to a round table discussion on the benefits of the Affordable  Care Act. By BRETT NORMAN | 7/28/11 8:36 AM EDT The Affordable Care Act will drive health care spending up slightly, to nearly a fifth of the country’s gross domestic product by 2020, while extending insurance coverage to 30 million…

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Small Biz Skeptical of ACA, But Still To Offer Coverage

July 27, 2011

From The Hill: By Sam Baker – 07/25/11 01:00 PM ET House Republicans leapt on a new report Monday that suggests small businesses might scale back their healthcare benefits in the wake of the reform law. The survey, released by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), found that small businesses don’t have much faith…

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PCIP Provides Bridge For Looming Healthcare Reform

July 25, 2011

From Forbes: By DAVID A. LIEB –07.25.11, 10:21 AM EDT JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — One of the first prongs of President Barack Obama’s health care law has been in effect now for a year, and the result in Missouri is that about 500 additional people with chronic health problems now have insurance. It is, by…

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Panel Pushes For Free Insurer Provided Contraceptives

July 25, 2011

From The New York Times: Editorial Board–July 20, 2011 In an encouraging development for women’s health, an advisory panel of leading experts has recommended that all insurers be required to offer contraceptives as well as other preventive services free of charge under the new health care law. The Obama administration seems inclined to follow the…

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Vermont Moves Forward In Establishing Single Payer System

July 25, 2011

From The New England Journal of Medicine: Anya Rader Wallack, Ph.D. | July 20, 2011 Governor Peter Shumlin of Vermont recently signed into law ambitious health care reform legislation that puts Vermont on course to implement a single-payer health care system. The law creates a Health Benefit Exchange, consistent with the federal Affordable Care Act,…

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Inefficiencies Of “One Size Fits All” Health Care Reform

July 22, 2011

From Market Watch:   Press Release–July 21, 2011, 2:00 p.m. EDT ORANGE, Calif., Jul 21, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) — A panel of industry experts has advised states on alternative strategies to comply with federal health reform focusing on each state’s “unique demographic, business and cultural characteristics.” The discussion was part of a podcast conducted by…

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An Uncertain Future For Medicare and Medicaid

July 22, 2011

From Politico: The Obama administration could be faced with obligations to spend cash it  doesn’t have. By J. LESTER FEDER| 7/21/11 10:47 PM EDT A default scenario is so unthinkable that not too many people have thought about what happens to Medicare and Medicaid if a deal isn’t reached. One longtime Washington health hand said…

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Free Health Care Blitz

July 22, 2011

From WLTX: There’s a free health care blitz by SC Mission coming to Columbia in August. Lauren Talarico reports. Follow link for video.

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State Health Exchanges Leaning Toward Insurers

July 20, 2011

From The Huffington Post: Wendell Potter–7/14/11 12:29 PM ET The insurance industry made it abundantly clear this week that it is in the driver’s seat–in both Washington and state capitals — of one of the most important vehicles created by Congress to reform the U.S. health care system. The Affordable Care Act requires the states…

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