Posted on March 7, 2013
The US House of Representatives approved a continuing resolution (CR) yesterday that would deny necessary funding for several agencies to implement their respective portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill, H.R. 933, was introduced on Monday by Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers (R-KY). Several specific funding denials include:
- $949 million to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to aid in paying for the federal insurance exchanges.
- $29 million to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Health Care Fraud and Abuse Control.
- Funds requested by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for ACA tax provisions.
267 Members voted in favor of the bill.
Posted on February 4, 2013
Last week, six current and former members of the Senate Finance Committee, led by Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.), released a report outlining recommendations from stakeholders in the health care community regarding potential opportunities to improve federal efforts to combat waste, fraud, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The other four report authors include Senators Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), and Tom Carper (D-Del.). Last May, the bipartisan group of lawmakers invited stakeholders to submit white papers offering recommendations and innovative solutions to improve program integrity efforts, strengthen payment reforms, and enhance fraud and abuse enforcement efforts. The resulting report highlights a number of submitted proposals and recommendations.