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May 28, 2013

Sebelius asks physician assistants for Obamacare outreach help

WASHINGTON, May 28 (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius asked a group representing
nearly 46,000 physician assistants on Tuesday to help persuade
uninsured Americans to sign up for coverage under President
Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.

As part of a politically embattled administration effort to
rally support for the landmark reform law, Sebelius appealed to
physician assistants as care providers who treat large numbers
of people with little or no health insurance, including those in
Republican-controlled states that have rejected the 2010 Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act.

May 21, 2013

Analysis: Some Republicans see new scandal in Sebelius fundraising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the White House already reeling from three major controversies, some Republican lawmakers are zeroing in on what they perceive is another possible scandal tied to President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law just as it nears implementation.

On top of the troubles the administration is facing over its handling of the attack on the Benghazi mission, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, and the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records, Republicans hope to target Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

May 21, 2013

Some U.S. Republicans see new scandal in Sebelius fundraising

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With the White House already reeling from three major controversies, some Republican lawmakers are zeroing in on what they perceive is another possible scandal tied to President Barack Obama’s landmark health reform law just as it nears implementation.

On top of the troubles the administration is facing over its handling of the attack on the Benghazi mission, the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups, and the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records, Republicans hope to target Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

May 16, 2013

U.S. House votes to repeal Obamacare in 37th symbolic act

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to repeal President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law on Thursday in a symbolic move aimed as much at healing internal Republican rifts as demonstrating dogged party opposition to “Obamacare.”

The 229-195 vote occurred largely along party lines and marked the 37th time the House has voted to repeal or defund the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which is now in the final months before full implementation on January 1. Like previous attempts to dismantle the law, the measure will likely go nowhere in the Democratic-run Senate.

May 15, 2013

US Senate confirms Tavenner as Medicare/Medicaid chief

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Senate on Wednesday confirmed Marilyn Tavenner, a former nurse and hospital company executive, as the first full-fledged administrator for the Medicare and Medicaid healthcare programs since 2006.

In a rare show of bipartisanship on a healthcare issue, senators voted 91-7 to back President Barack Obama’s nominee for administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an $820 billion agency that oversees the bulk of federal healthcare spending and healthcare reform.

May 14, 2013

Two million fewer U.S. uninsured to gain health coverage: Congressional researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare reform law will extend coverage to 2 million fewer uninsured Americans than expected only a few months ago, congressional researchers said on Tuesday.

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said 25 million people who currently lack insurance will obtain coverage through subsidized marketplaces or an expanded Medicaid program over the coming decade, down from a February CBO estimate of 27 million people.

May 14, 2013

Two mln fewer U.S. uninsured to gain health coverage-Congressional researchers

WASHINGTON, May 14 (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s
landmark healthcare reform law will extend coverage to 2 million
fewer uninsured Americans than expected only a few months ago,
congressional researchers said on Tuesday.

A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget
Office said 25 million people who currently lack insurance will
obtain coverage through subsidized marketplaces or an expanded
Medicaid program over the coming decade, down from a February
CBO estimate of 27 million people.

May 14, 2013

U.S. charges 89 people in $223 million Medicare fraud schemes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Federal officials charged 89 people including doctors, nurses and other medical professionals in eight U.S. cities on Tuesday with Medicare fraud schemes that the government said totaled $223 million in false billings.

In the latest big Medicare fraud crackdown, more than 400 law enforcement officers including FBI agents fanned out in Miami, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York and other cities to make arrests. Authorities said suspects posed as physicians, preyed on the poor and otherwise scammed the $590 billion healthcare program with phony or unnecessary bills.

May 14, 2013

US senator says Sebelius should stop healthcare fundraising

WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – An Obama administration
effort to raise private donations to help implement President
Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law came under fire on Monday
from congressional Republicans who claim the action could
violate the law.

As the Republican-controlled House of Representatives
prepared to mount a new vote this week to try to repeal the law,
House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton asked
the administration to identify the companies and organizations
that have received fundraising calls from Health and Human
Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

May 11, 2013

Obama’s health secretary seeks donations from companies for healthcare law

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is asking companies for financial donations to help implement President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul, months before it is due to take effect.

In telephone calls that began around March 23, officials say, Obama’s top healthcare adviser has been seeking assistance from companies in the healthcare field and other industries as well as from healthcare providers, patient advocacy groups, churches and other charitable organizations.

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