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Jun 4, 2013

Sebelius says she talked to health firms on Obamacare outreach

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Tuesday that she talked to three healthcare companies about a private nonprofit group helping to implement healthcare reform, but she denied asking for donations.

In her first public comments on an issue Republicans have sought to portray as a scandal, Sebelius vigorously defended her efforts to rally private support for a summer outreach campaign to persuade uninsured Americans to sign up for subsidized health coverage through new online state insurance marketplaces.

Jun 3, 2013

Obamacare Medicaid feud to leave 3.6 million uninsured -study

WASHINGTON, June 3 (Reuters) – Fourteen Republican-led
states that oppose expanding Medicaid under President Barack
Obama’s health reform will leave 3.6 million of their poorest
adult residents uninsured, at a cost of $9.4 billion per year by
2017, researchers said on Monday.

The findings, published in the journal Health Affairs, could
point to a larger-than-expected impact from the bitter political
feud engulfing a major provision of the healthcare reform law
due to take full effect next year.

May 30, 2013

White House touts insurer signups for Obama health markets

WASHINGTON, May 30 (Reuters) – The White House, seeking to
show early success for President Barack Obama’s health reforms,
said more than 120 insurers have applied to sell plans on
federally-run online marketplaces that begin offering
subsidized coverage in just over four months.

Based on a memo released by senior administration officials,
about 5 million consumers could be able to choose from a variety
of plans from at least five insurance companies with coverage
that meets new quality standards set down by the 2010 Patient
Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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.

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