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How Democrats Would Change Obamacare

April 22, 2016 With the GOP in con­trol of both cham­bers of Con­gress, Demo­crats have spent the lat­ter part of Pres­id­ent Obama’s time in of­fice fight­ing to pre­serve his sig­na­ture policy achieve­ment—the Af­ford­able Care Act. But with Demo­crats now po­ten­tially in po­s­i­tion to both keep the White House and cap­ture the Sen­ate in...

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States Look to Avoid Federal Obamacare Payments

January 26, 2016 The fed­er­al gov­ern­ment is poised to start mak­ing state-based ex­changes pay for us­ing Health­Care.gov’s tech­no­logy, and that has some states mulling the pos­sib­il­ity of shar­ing ser­vices with oth­ers to con­trol costs. The Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices pro­posed a rule last year re­quir­ing that cer­tain states es­sen­tially “lease”Health­Care.gov through...

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The Biggest Health-Care Winners in the Omnibus Deal

December 16, 2015 The $1.1 tril­lion spend­ing bill and tax ex­tenders pack­age un­veiled Tues­day and early Wed­nes­day morn­ing is the fi­nale to weeks of lob­by­ing and spec­u­la­tion on a host of is­sues—par­tic­u­larly health care. There are some big win­ners in the year-end bills, in­clud­ing 9/11 first re­spon­ders and sur­viv­ors, Ca­dillac tax op­pon­ents and...

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Labor Department Chief Lays Out the Promise (and Problem) With Apprenticeships

November 3, 2015 Ap­pren­tice­ships are a path to prosper­ity, and they could be much more so if people would drop their pre­con­ceived no­tions about them, Labor Sec­ret­ary Thomas Perez said Tues­day. Perez high­lighted a wo­man he met in Los Angeles: She bounced around jobs, struggled to find a ca­reer path, un­til she landed...

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Obamacare Enrollment Is About to Open Again, and Not Many Know It

October 30, 2015 Only about 15 per­cent of un­in­sured Amer­ic­ans—and 17 per­cent of the gen­er­al pub­lic—know when open en­roll­ment be­gins, des­pite health in­sur­ance mar­ket­places kick­ing off the third open sea­son this Sunday, ac­cord­ing to the Oc­to­ber Kais­er Health Track­ing Poll. Earli­er this month, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment an­nounced that it an­ti­cip­ated...

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HHS: Ten Million Will Be on Obamacare Exchanges by Next Year

October 15, 2015 Ten mil­lion Amer­ic­ans will likely have cov­er­age through an in­sur­ance mar­ket­place and be pay­ing their premi­ums by the end of 2016, ac­cord­ing to the latest pre­dic­tion from the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment. Nearly 10.5 mil­lion un­in­sured Amer­ic­ans are likely to qual­i­fy for mar­ket­place plans, and the de­part­ment es­tim­ates that...

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Senators Look to Change Federal Rules for Electronic Health Records

October 7, 2015 A bi­par­tis­an pair of sen­at­ors Tues­day in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords’ trans­par­ency and ac­count­ab­il­ity. Since the spring, Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers have been dis­sect­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords, un­earth­ing a lit­any of prob­lems with this in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy. And in the middle of one such...

Senators Aim to Revamp Federal Rules for Electronic Medical Charts

October 6, 2015 A bi­par­tis­an pair of sen­at­ors Tues­day in­tro­duced le­gis­la­tion aimed at im­prov­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords’ trans­par­ency and ac­count­ab­il­ity. Since the spring, Sen­ate Health, Edu­ca­tion, Labor, and Pen­sions Com­mit­tee mem­bers have been dis­sect­ing elec­tron­ic health re­cords, un­earth­ing a lit­any of prob­lems with this in­form­a­tion tech­no­logy. And in the middle of one such...

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Low-Wage Federal Contract Workers Welcome Pope’s Visit—With a Strike

September 23, 2015 ­Facing the Cap­it­ol, the work­ers knelt in pray­er. Heads bowed, arms out­stretched, they prayed for Pope Fran­cis’s mes­sage of eco­nom­ic justice to res­on­ate at one of the cent­ral points of Amer­ica’s polit­ic­al power. They held a fake pope­mo­bile plastered with Fran­cis’s pic­ture, quotes from the pontiff, and a mes­sage to...

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It Will Take 30 Agencies to Protect the Pope During His Visit

September 22, 2015 Thou­sands lined the streets as Pope John Paul II rode in the pope­mo­bile to the cheers of an en­thu­si­ast­ic Miami crowd in 1987. Dressed in plain clothes and in the thick of the masses, then-Secret Ser­vice Spe­cial Agent Cheryl Tyler worked the crowd, scan­ning the area, ana­lyz­ing pos­sible threats. The...