Government News of the Week
Medicare Compliance, HIPAA, Medicare Advantage and Part D,
Health Care Reform, and Other Federal and State Government Developments

December 22, 2014

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(1) Two key figures in the New England Compounding Center debacle were charged with second-degree murder .... (more)

(2) For the second time in as many years, Florida is about to liquidate a Medicare Advantage plan sponsor that became insolvent ....(more)

  From the AIS Blogs
  Another battle of political will could play out again this summer as the Supreme Court takes up King v. Burwell. Would lawmakers stand firm in their opposition to the law if millions of their constituents suddenly face losing their health coverage? Join the conversation at the AIS Blogs.

(3) Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) on Dec. 17 said the state is abandoning pursuit of a single-payer model for its health care system, citing the costs in a tight budget environment .... (more)

(4) In a complaint filed with the Iowa Division of Insurance Nov. 26, Iowa-based CoOportunity Health ... (more)

  From Congress and the Federal Agencies

(5) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam (R) on Dec. 15 unveiled a new alternative Medicaid expansion proposal called Insure Tennessee .... (more)

(6) The $1.1 trillion appropriations bill signed into law by President Obama Dec. 16, which will fund the federal government through fiscal year 2015 .... (more)

(7) Twenty eight states, three territories and the District of Columbia will receive more than $665 million in ACA funding for designing and testing new health care payment and service delivery models .... (more)

(8) As its session ended, Illinois lawmakers on Dec. 3 did not act on a proposal to change to a state-run exchange from the current federally facilitated marketplace model .... (more)

(9) HHS on Dec. 4 released a report detailing how consumers can save money on public exchange premiums if they shop around for coverage instead of just auto-renewing their current plane .... (more)

(10) Family Health Network (FHN) is seeking a restraining order against the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (DHFS) for halting the assignment of new Medicaid enrollees to the plan .... (more)


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