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2017 Issues

  • eBulletin #50 2017 dec 20 

    Republican Tax Bill Fuels Anxiety Across the Nation's Health Care System - Doctors, hospitals, patient advocates, and others who work in the nation's health care system are growing increasingly alarmed at the Republican tax bill, warning that it thre
  • eBulletin #49 2017 dec 13 

    In Most States, ACA Open Enrollment Closes Friday - The enrollment period for Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance coverage for 2018 ends in most states on Dec. 15.
  • eBulletin #48 2017 dec 6 

    Tax Bill Impacts on Health Law Coverage and Medicare - The tax overhaul Republicans are pushing toward final votes in Congress could undermine the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance markets and add to the financial squeeze on Medicare over time.
  • eBulletin #47 2017 nov 29 

    Medicare Part B Premiums Jumping 23 Percent for Many Retirees - Many Medicare recipients should be prepared to pay more for their doctor's visits and other outpatient care next year.
  • eBulletin #46 2017 nov 22 

    CBO Says the GOP Tax Bill Could Spur $25 Billion in Medicare Cuts - The GOP tax bill could trigger automatic cuts worth $136 billion from mandatory spending in 2018, including $25 billion in Medicare cuts, if Congress doesn’t find another way to offs
  • eBulletin #45 2017 nov 15 

    GOP Senators Seek to Gut ACA Protections via State Waivers - Conservative lawmakers are circulating a proposal that would make it easier for states to provide less coverage at higher costs for their residents.
  • eBulletin #44 2017 nov 8 

    Congress May Revisit Autism Tracking Devices - Less than a year after fizzling, federal legislation designed to provide tracking devices and other resources to those with developmental disabilities at risk of wandering is back on the table.
  • eBulletin #43 2017 nov 1 

    Retirement Savings Account Limits for 2018 - Lost amid the uproar following recent news reports that GOP lawmakers are considering capping pretax 401(k) contributions at $2,400 annually -- compared with $18,000 currently -- was some good news from th
  • eBulletin #42 2017 oct 25 

    Senate Republicans Pass Budget That Will Add $1.5 Trillion to Deficit - Senate Republicans passed a budget late Thursday night, setting the stage for the GOP's ultimate goal of tackling tax reform later this year.
  • eBulletin #41 2017 oct 18 

    Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) Information for 2018 - Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018.
  • eBulletin #40 2017 oct 11 

    The New Reality of Old Age in America - People are living longer, more expensive lives, often without much of a safety net.
  • eBulletin #39 2017 oct 4 

    Senate Passes Bipartisan Medicare Reform Bill - Last week, the Senate unanimously passed a bill aimed at making Medicare more efficient and saving it money.
  • eBulletin #38 2017 sept 27 

    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Invites Comments on Future Priorities - The Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Innovation (CMMI) is looking to revamp its priorities for the new administration and has issued an informal Request for Information
  • eBulletin #37 2017 sept 20 

    Senate GOP Musters Final Push to Erase Obama Health Care Law - Senate Republicans expressed growing hope Monday for a final push to scuttle President Barack Obama’s health care law, an effort that still faces an uphill climb and just a two-week windo
  • eBulletin #36 2017 sept 13 

    Officials Warn of Scams Relating to New Medicare Cards - New Medicare cards — the ones that won't make it easy for ID thieves to steal your Social Security number — will find their way into wallets next year. But we're already hearing warnings about
  • eBulletin #35 2017 sept 6 

    ACA Outreach Cuts Expected to Undermine Exchanges - Cuts in Obamacare’s outreach funding for 2018 are expected to further undermine the insurance exchanges by decreasing the population of younger, healthier people.
  • eBulletin #34 2017 aug 30 

    CMS Launches Jimmo Settlement Agreement Webpage - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and
  • eBulletin #33 2017 aug 23 

    CMS Looks to Reduce Burden of “Unnecessary” Regulation - In the next few months, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to announce several initiatives to ease the burden the federal government places on health care providers, according
  • eBulletin #32 2017 aug 16 

    GOP Efforts to Repeal-and-Replace Obamacare Resurface - Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) says his sweeping proposal is "about the only game left in town."
  • eBulletin #31 2017 aug 9 

    Senate Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing Medicare Buy-In at 55 - In a sign that the Democratic Party is embracing more progressive health care ideas, eight Democratic senators announced last week that they were co-sponsoring legislation that would al
  • eBulletin #30 2017 aug 2 

    Insurers to Fill Gaps in Ohio's Individual Market - Five health insurance companies in Ohio, including Molina Healthcare Inc., have stepped up to sell health plans in 19 counties that would have been without Obamacare individual coverage in 2018, the
  • eBulletin #29 2017 july 26 

    House GOP Budget Plan Slashes Funds for Medicare - While Republicans in the Senate clamber to find a solution to their health care reform dilemma in the wake of a fresh setback Monday night, House lawmakers on Tuesday released a budget blueprint that
  • eBulletin #28 2017 july 19 

    OASDI Trustees Release 2017 Report on SS, DI - Summary: The Old-Age and Survivors Insurance (OASI) Trust Fund, which pays retirement and survivors benefits, and the Disability Insurance (DI) Trust Fund, which pays disability benefits, are by law sepa
  • eBulletin #27 2017 july 12 

    Revised Health Bill May Be Introduced This Week - Senate Republican leaders plan to unveil a revised version of their health care bill later this week after making little progress on winning over party holdouts.
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