Tag Archive: health care

  • Telemedicine Controversy in Texas

    | April 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    The Texas Medical Board views rules it adopted April 10 as “expanding telemedicine opportunities,” but business and industry groups insist they’ll instead serve to “drive a stake through the heart” of telemedicine in the Lone Star State. At the center of the issue is whether a video consultation is enough … »

  • Supreme Court Sides with Idaho, Blocks Medicaid Lawsuits

    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling in Armstrong v. Exceptional Child Center, holding that Medicaid providers cannot sue states to increase reimbursement rates. In a 5-4 decision that broke along non-ideological lines, the Court ruled that health care providers serving Idaho Medicaid patients could not ask federal courts … »

  • Mississippi Becomes 8th State to Protect Direct Primary Care

    | March 24, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Wednesday, March 18, Governor Phil Bryant approved the Mississippi Direct Primary Care Act, a measure to promote innovation and affordability in health by shielding direct primary care practices from state insurance regulators. Under a typical direct primary care agreement individuals pay a flat monthly fee directly to their physician … »

  • Administration, States Establish Special Open Enrollment Period

    | February 26, 2015 | Add a comment

    On February 20 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the creation of a special enrollment period for taxpayers to avoid penalties for non-compliance with the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate. Open enrollment for 2015 officially ended February 15, and prior to the CMS announcement, those who … »

  • ALEC HHS Task Force Director on the Lars Larson Show

    | February 20, 2015 | Add a comment

    On February 19, Sean Riley, the director of the ALEC Task Force on Health and Human Services, went on the Lars Larson National Radio Show to discuss Obamacare enrollment numbers. Listen to Sean’s 10-minute segment at the 00:47:11 mark below.

  • Despite Increased Enrollment, Obamacare Still in Hot Water

    | February 13, 2015 | Add a comment

    In a recent Buzzfeed video that has already logged over 5.5 million views, President Obama reminded us all that the Affordable Care Act’s second open-enrollment period ends Sunday. And yet federal officials have already begun trumpeting the numbers. Early this month, Sylvia Mathews-Burwell, secretary of the Department of Health and … »

  • Wyoming Defeats Medicaid Expansion Proposal

    and | February 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Friday, the Wyoming State Senate voted 19-11 against a proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The House Labor, Health and Social Services Committee then pulled its version of the bill. “With all of the Senate’s work, they still fundamentally believe this is not the right thing … »

  • Medicaid Expansion Fails in Tennessee

    | February 6, 2015 | Add a comment

    A proposal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act failed 4-7 in Tennessee’s Senate Health Committee during a special session Wednesday as lawmakers expressed concern with increasing the federal government’s role in state affairs. The proposal, Insure Tennessee, had been in development since early 2013 when Governor Bill Haslam … »

  • ACA and Employer Mandate Back in National Spotlight

    | January 9, 2015 | Add a comment

    On Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bipartisan measure to restore the definition of full-time work to 40 hours instead of 30 under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is gearing up to consider a legal challenge in King v. Burwell that could eliminate the employer … »

  • ACA Exchange Subsidies Headed to U.S. Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments against the availability of exchange subsidies under the Affordable Care Act.  Today’s order from the Court granted review in King v. Burwell, one of several cases challenging IRS regulations extending tax-credit subsidies to the states with federal exchanges. Briefings will be … »