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  • HHS Initiatives Fail to Offer States Meaningful Flexibility

    Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new initiatives intended to provide states with increased flexibility to better manage their Medicaid programs. However, these initiatives do not seriously address states’ mounting Medicaid crises. The first HHS initiative is to improve coordination of care for individuals enrolled … More

    New York Times Highlights Medicaid’s Problems

    Recently in The New York Times, Robert Pear highlighted the major problems with the Medicaid program. His findings reveal that having a Medicaid card in one’s wallet is of little use if it doesn’t give beneficiaries access to the care they need. A woman with several herniated discs and pain … More

    New Report Shows Sec. Sebelius is Overstepping Her Authority

    One negative provision of Obamacare is back in congressional crosshairs. The CLASS (Community Living Assistance Services and Support) Program, a new long-term care entitlement, has already endured withering criticism. In July 2009, the American Academy of Actuaries released a blistering report on its structural flaws. Senator Kent Conrad (D-ND), Chairman … More

    Congressional Hearing Highlights Need to Repeal CLASS

    Last week, Kathy Greenlee, the Assistant Secretary for the Administration on Aging, was placed in the uncomfortable position of defending the unworkable CLASS Program in front of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. Her task was made all the more difficult from recent remarks made by Health and Human … More

    Another Hearing Highlights Obamacare's Problems

    Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius testified last week at the House Ways and Means Committee on the fiscal year 2012 budget—although the question period centered on Obamacare. Sebelius opined that the new health care law will increase patient access to physicians and hospitals, provide more choices … More

    Secretary Sebelius Questioned Before the Senate Finance Committee

    Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee yesterday about the President’s 2012 fiscal year budget and the status of health care reform. Despite the projected $1.6 trillion deficit in the President’s budget, Sebelius claimed that it represents “the blueprint for putting … More

    Secretary Sebelius Will Not Find the Right Formula to Fix CLASS

    According to Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathy Sebelius, the design of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program has basic flaws, but the bureaucracy will fix those flaws with hard work and deep thinking. Sebelius spoke on the CLASS program on Monday at a Kaiser Family … More

    Message to the President: Expanding Medicaid Will Not Reduce Federal Spending

    Last night in the State of the Union address, President Obama stated that “the only way to tackle our deficit is to cut excessive spending wherever we find it—in domestic spending, defense spending, health care spending, and spending through tax breaks and loopholes. This means further reducing health care costs, … More

    States Cry to Washington: Remove Obamacare's Medicaid Handcuffs

    The big news out of a majority of state capitols is that Obamacare’s Medicaid mandates will exacerbate state budget problems and drive many states to the brink of insolvency. Thirty-three Republican governors and governors-elect have signed a letter to the White House and Congress making an emphatic appeal that Obamacare’s … More

    Obamacare Subsidies Are Not a Free Lunch

    Families USA is out with a new report, Lower Taxes, Lower Premiums: The New Health Insurance Tax Credit, which lauds the health insurance tax credits (subsidies) in Obamacare. But the report tells only half of the story. It is true that the tax credits will reduce the effective premium that … More