Archive: June 2012

Obama administration makes resources available to help states implement Exchanges

Posted on June 29, 2012

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today a new funding opportunity to help states continue to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA). When the ACA is full implemented in 2014, the Exchanges will provide individuals and small businesses with a one-stop shop to find, compare, and purchase quality, affordable health insurance. HHS also issued further guidance today to help states understand the full scope of activities that can be funded under the available grants.

The funding opportunity announced today will provide states with 10 additional opportunities to apply for funding to establish a state-based exchange, state partnership exchange, or to prepare state systems for a federally facilitated exchange. To date, 34 states and the District of Columbia have received approximately $850 million in Exchange Establishment Level One and Level Two cooperative agreements to fund their progress toward building exchanges.

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Summary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of National Federation of Independent Businesses et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al.

Posted on June 28, 2012

The Supreme Court handed down its long-awaited ruling in the case of National Federation of Independent Businesses et al. v. Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, et al., upholding the individual requirement to maintain insurance coverage as a reasonable exercise of Congress’s taxing and spending authority and also upholding the constitutionality of the Medicaid coverage expansion. In a surprise coalition, Chief Justice Roberts was joined in his majority opinion by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. The summary below describes the majority opinion, the concurring opinion (authored by Justice Ginsburg), and the dissenting opinion (written by Justice Scalia). Because the Court upheld the individual mandate, it never reached…

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Tabular Summary of the various voting blocs in the Supreme Court’s ACA decision

Posted on June 28, 2012

Below find a table summarizing the United States Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA)…

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Advocacy groups publish statements on ACA decision

Posted on June 28, 2012

Families USA issued this press release commending the Supreme Court decision.

AARP also responded favorably to the SCOTUS ruling.

First Focus calls the decision a major victory for children.

The National Health Law Program (NHELP) also praised the Court ruling.

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Provider groups issue statements on Supreme Court ruling

Posted on June 28, 2012

Dr. Jeremy A. Lazarus, President of the American Medical Association (AMA), released a statement supporting the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

American Hospital Association (AHA) President and CEO Rich Umbdenstock also issued a statement in support of the ruling.

Dr. Glen Stream, President of the American Association of Family Physicians (AAFP), specifically chose to highlight the ACA’s enhancements to primary care workforce in their statement of support of the ruling.

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POTUS remarks on Supreme Court ruling

Posted on June 28, 2012

At 12:15 on Thursday, June 28, 2012, President Barack Obama remarked on the 10:00 a.m. Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). President Obama called the decision a “victory for people all over this country whose lives will be more secure because of this law and the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold it.”

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Public Health organizations issue statements regarding SCOTUS decision

Posted on June 28, 2012

Jeff Levi, Executive Director of the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) issued this press release regarding the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation President and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey released this statement.

Mary A. Pittman, President and CEO of the Public Health Institute, issued this statement.

Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, made this statement regarding the Court’s decision.

Sara Collins and Karen Davis of the Commonwealth Fund wrote this blog post in response to the SCOTUS decision.

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Congress releases statements on Supreme Court ACA decision

Posted on June 28, 2012

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement.

Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Whip issued a press release.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor promises to repeal “Obamacare” here.

Speaker of the House, John Boehner released the following statement.

Senate majority leader Harry Reid had prepared the following statement.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made these remarks.

Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus issued this press release.

Orrin Hatch, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee issued this statement.

John Kerry, U.S. Senator from Massachusetts issued this statement.

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Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Landmark Health Reform Case

Posted on June 28, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has released the highly anticipated decision regarding the issues raised by parties in two cases: Florida, et al. v. Department of Health and Human Services and National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius.

President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in March 2010. On March 26-28, 2012, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding the following four issues:

1) Anti-Injunction Act: Whether the Anti-Injunction Act bars consideration of the ACA’s minimum coverage provision before the mandate’s penalties take effect in 2015

2) Minimum Coverage Provision: If the ACA’s minimum coverage provision exceeds Congress’ powers under Article I of the U.S. Constitution

3) Severability: If the minimum coverage provision is invalidated, whether the remainder of the ACA must also be invalidated or if it is severable from the rest of the law

4) Medicaid Expansion: Whether Congress exceeded its powers and violated the principles of federalism by conditioning a state’s receipt of any federal Medicaid funding on implementation of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion

The Court held that…

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CMS seeks comment on Medicaid eligibility calculation

Posted on June 27, 2012

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it is seeking input on methodologies for determining Medicaid eligibility. The new guidelines use a simple income test based on the applicant’s modified adjusted gross income (MAGI), as defined in the Internal Revenue Code (IRC).

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) will expand Medicaid to include…

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