Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News; Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News; Jackie Judd, Kaiser Family Foundation
The Department of Health and Human Services released regulations today dealing with the medical loss ratio, a provision in the health law that requires insurers spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars of health care. Meanwhile, before the Senate adjourned for Thanksgiving the chamber passed a one-month patch to prevent physicians who see Medicare patients from having their payments reduced. The House is expected to approve the measure on Nov. 29 when it returns from the Thanksgiving break.
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