WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell takes center stage on Thursday for the first of two Senate hearings that will determine whether the loyal White House insider will become the next public face of the controversial law known as Obamacare.
The path to confirmation as U.S. health secretary is expected to be a smooth one for Burwell, a 48-year-old technocrat who was nominated on April 11 by President Barack Obama to replace outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. Last year, Burwell sailed through the Senate on a 96-0 vote to become Obama’s budget director.
WASHINGTON, May 7 (Reuters) – Sylvia Mathews Burwell,
President Barack Obama’s nominee for U.S. health secretary, will
need all her skills as a crisis manager to steer the law known
as Obamacare away from troubled waters during this year’s
congressional election campaign.
If confirmed by the Senate, her first task would be to get
the upper hand on two issues that could spiral out of control
for Democrats just before the November elections: rising health
insurance costs and the potential for a new wave of policy
cancellations for small businesses.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday announced the departure of the top health official responsible for reforming Medicare under President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform law.
Jonathan Blum, Medicare director and principal deputy administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has presided over a range of reform initiatives during a five-year tenure including efforts to move the $635 billion healthcare program for the elderly and disabled away from costly fee-for-service medicine.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said on Monday.
The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its annual budget estimates, said the reduced subsidy cost estimates partly reflect lower premiums now being charged in government-run “Obamacare” exchanges and accommodations that allow previously canceled health plans to be extended.
WASHINGTON, April 14 (Reuters) – Health insurance subsidies
under the Affordable Care Act will cost slightly less than
previously thought, helping to slow down the forecast growth of
U.S. deficits over the next decade, the Congressional Budget
Office said on Monday.
The non-partisan CBO, in revisions to its annual budget
estimates, said the reduced subsidy cost estimates partly
reflect lower premiums now being charged in government-run
“Obamacare” exchanges and accommodations that allow previously
canceled health plans to be extended.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The average premium for an Obamacare benchmark plan will rise slightly in 2015 and increase about 6 percent a year during the rest of this decade, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said on Monday in a report the White House trumpeted as proof its healthcare reform was working.
The forecast, contained in a new CBO report on President Barack Obama’s landmark healthcare law, suggests that insurance premium hikes under Obamacare may not be as severe as predicted by Republican opponents and some health insurers.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s new nominee for health secretary drew some early political fire from Republicans on Sunday in what could foreshadow a stormy election-year confirmation debate in the U.S. Senate over the future of the law known as Obamacare.
Two days after Obama nominated his budget director, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, to head the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Republican lawmakers alleged the new nominee could help the White House exert political control over Obamacare enrollment numbers and other data showing how well the reforms are working.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 7.5 million people are expected to sign up for private health coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, the top U.S. health official said on Thursday.
The number, which surpasses the 7.1 million total Obama announced just last week, includes 400,000 people allowed to sign up for private health plans through a federal marketplace after a March 31 deadline because they had not been able to complete their enrollment applications on time.
WASHINGTON, April 8 (Reuters) – The U.S. administration has
not determined whether it has legal authority to delay
Obamacare’s individual mandate, which requires most Americans to
enroll in health insurance or pay a tax penalty, a senior
Treasury official said on Tuesday.
Mark Iwry, senior adviser to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew,
told U.S. lawmakers the administration sees no reason for delay
given that the law allows for exemptions and provides financial
assistance for those unable to afford health coverage on their
own. He said the provision also underpins reforms that protect
sick people from discriminatory market practices.
(Reuters) – The Obama administration on Monday rolled back some of the more controversial cuts proposed for privately managed Medicare health plans used by the elderly following pressure from insurance companies and lawmakers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said that on average, reimbursement for such Medicare Advantage plans in 2015 would rise 0.4 percent, reversing what is said was a 1.9 percent average reduction proposed in February.