Marilyn Werber Serafini

Price (Bill) Is Right For Cain’s Health Fix

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Following an immediate repeal of the health law, Herman Cain as president would sign a replacement bill designed to reduce costs and increase coverage with less government involvement. The measure embraced by Cain on Wednesday was first offered in 2009 by Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., and was reintroduced this September. It has 19 House Republican cosponsors. “It’s the […]

Cain On Health Care: What To Expect From Capitol Hill Speech

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When GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain comes face-to-face with a crowd of legislators and news reporters Wednesday, the subject will be health care policy, not sexual harassment- – if Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, has his way. Burgess is bringing Cain to Capitol Hill to flesh out his health care ideas, which so far have been […]

2 Percent Medicare Cut Nothing To Sneeze At

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Medicare might fare better than other health care programs if the congressional super committee fails to agree on a deficit-reduction package and automatic cuts kick in, but even 2 percent is a big problem when it comes on top of other recent hits, warn Rick Pollack, executive vice president of the American Hospital Association, and […]

Report: Savings of $125B Possible for Coordinating Care of Dual Eligibles

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The federal government could save $125 billion over ten years by requiring all people who get both Medicare and Medicaid – dual eligibles – to enroll in team-based coordinated care programs, according to a report written by Emory University’s Kenneth Thorpe and funded by America’s Health Insurance Plans. States could save $34 billion, and the […]

Blue Cross Plans Push HHS To Release Regs By Early 2012

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Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans are particularly unhappy with recent regulations governing insurance exchanges. Insurers want time to build benefit structures and create complex health information technology systems so they can be ready for government testing by the end of 2012.

MedPAC Preparing Doc Fix Plan – With Offsets

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Even before MedPAC finalizes a long-term doc fix proposal, the complicated – and expensive – task is proving difficult. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, which advises Congress on Medicare payment policy, is drafting a plan to permanently replace the program’s current method for paying physicians. It intends to get a proposal to Capitol Hill in October, […]

Actuaries To ‘Super Committee’: Slow Overall Health Spending, Not Just Medicare

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The deficit reduction “super committee” should act to slow the growth of health care spending overall – not just in Medicare – as it rolls up its sleeves, says the American Academy of Actuaries. “Achieving long-term sustainability for Medicare will require slowing the growth in overall health spending, not simply shifting costs from one payer […]

Washington Shuffle: John Rother And Ralph Neas

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Updated at 10:30 a.m. John Rother, who around Washington is considered the heart of the seniors group AARP, is moving on. After 27 years there, Rother, who has been a key advocacy strategist at AARP, will become president and CEO of the National Coalition for Health Care. Ironically, he’s changing jobs just months before he […]

Candidate Perry’s Prescription: Medical Malpractice Reform

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Just a few weeks into his campaign, Texas Gov. and presidential candidate Rick Perry isn’t talking a whole lot about health care, except to criticize President Obama for last year’s law. And he’s not considered a health care expert. But he’s is passionate on one point: Fixing the nation’s health care system must include a […]

Deficit vs. Medicare: Republicans At Odds

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A poll released Thursday revealed significant discrepancy among Republicans who were asked whether it’s more important to reduce the federal budget deficit or to maintain Medicare and Social Security benefits. Not surprisingly, it was all about money. In a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, more affluent Republicans favored reducing the deficit, while lower […]

Reischauer Moving On, But Not from Health Issues

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Robert D. Reischauer, who has headed the Urban Institute since 2000, announced today that he is moving on from the think tank, but that may mean more time for health care policy issues. Without the responsibilities of running Urban, he said in an interview, he expects to have more time to “contribute in a real way […]