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HHS Releases Proposed Rules on Key Parts of Health Care Law

Posted in Affordable Care Act

The Department of Health and Human Services has released some much-anticipated rules of the road that will help implement the Affordable Care Act, including requirements on essential health benefits and preventing discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions. The first rule makes clear that insurance companies will have to comply with anti-discrimination requirements starting in 2014.  Health… Continue Reading

No State-Run Health Insurance Exchange or Medicaid Expansion in Alabama

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Regulations

Governor Bentley told the Birmingham Business Alliance today that he would not set up a state-run health insurance exchange, and he will not expand Medicaid as provided under health care reform. Once established, the health insurance exchanges will be places for individuals and businesses to shop for health insurance plans.  The exchanges are supposed to be… Continue Reading

President Obama’s Reelection Ensures the Path of Health Care Reform

Posted in Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, Regulations

In its front-page story on President Obama’s reelection, the New York Times reports, “For Mr. Obama, the result brings a ratification of his sweeping health care act, which Mr. Romney had vowed to repeal.  The law will now continue on course toward nearly full implementation in 2014, promising to change significantly the way medical services… Continue Reading

Two “Pay-For-Performance” Provisions of the Affordable Care Act Go Into Effect Oct. 1, 2012

Posted in Administration, Affordable Care Act, Hospitals, Medicaid, Regulations

Two major but less discussed programs under the Affordable Care Act took effect October 1, 2012, which are part of the government’s effort to deliver better quality health care.  Both programs aim to reward hospitals for providing more efficient and higher quality care and penalize those that don’t. Under the Hospital Value-Based Purchasing Program, Medicare… Continue Reading