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    Schumer-Toomey-Manchin Gun Control Bill: Cuts HIPAA Privacy for Mental Health Records

    American society has long recognized the importance of mental health and has encouraged those in need of mental health care to seek it. Effective provision of mental health services depends in important part upon open and honest communications between a patient and a psychotherapist. To encourage patient candor in the … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Things to Know About the Obama Budget

    President Obama finally released his budget yesterday—more than two months late. Heritage experts immediately went to work analyzing the mounds of new spending on education, manufacturing, “clean energy,” infrastructure, and small business. But the President didn’t stop at more of the same failed stimulus and Solyndra-type policies. He also piled … More

    DeMint: We Saw Obamacare's Effects Coming (VIDEO)

    Obamacare isn’t working too well so far—and Heritage President Jim DeMint says it’s no surprise. On “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this past week, DeMint recalled actually reading the law before it was passed: All of us who read the bill—what parts of it we could get when they were … More

    Pressing States to Participate in Medicaid Expansion Is a Bad Idea

    Heritage’s Stuart Butler, director of the Center for Policy Innovation, wrote at the JAMA Forum yesterday on the Obama Administration’s push for states to participate in the expansion of Medicaid. Here’s an excerpt from Butler’s piece: Even after the Supreme Court struck down a requirement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that … More

    Morning Bell: Jim DeMint's First Day As Heritage President

    Dear patriots, Today is my first full day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and the first thing I want to do is thank my predecessor Ed Feulner for the institution he has built over the past 36 years. The second thing I will do is tell you that we … More

    Medicare Advantage Survives—for Now

    There seems to be much confusion surrounding the recent drama of Medicare Advantage’s (MA) 2014 payment rate. Here’s what happened: In February, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its advance notice of estimates of the national per capita Medicare Advantage (MA) growth percentage, which is a key … More

    Administration Rules Out "Deals" on Medicaid Expansion

    Last Friday afternoon, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a short frequently asked questions (FAQ) document that should remove any remaining belief that the federal government will give state lawmakers flexibility on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. The message is clear: The only thing a state that agrees … More

    Morning Bell: Farewell from Ed Feulner

    Dear friends, Today is my last day as president of The Heritage Foundation, and I want to write you one last note in that capacity. We’ve had quite a ride these last three-and-a-half decades, and I leave knowing that Heritage will flourish under my successor, Jim DeMint. I want to … More

    Obamacare at Three Years: A Broke Program for Early Retirees

    Adding to the list of documented Obamacare failures (see here, here, here, and here) is the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP). Obamacare created the ERRP to provide employers and other health plan sponsors funding for insuring early retirees between the ages 55 and 65 and their dependents. Eligible plan sponsors … More

    Morning Bell: Thanks to Obamacare…

    It’s Obamacare’s third anniversary. Though many key parts of Obamacare—including some of its tax hikes and mandates—don’t go into effect until next year, Americans are feeling many of its changes already. Please share these impacts to mark three years of this bureaucratic nightmare. Tweet this | Share on Facebook  Learn … More