Capsules: Harkin Withdraws Hold On Tavenner; Reid Says Timing For Vote Is Unclear; Study Models Three Big Changes To Medicare

Now on Kaiser Health News' blog, Mary Agnes Carey reports on movement on Capitol Hill regarding the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to head Medicare: "Sen. Tom Harkin Tuesday removed the hold he had placed on the nomination of Marilyn Tavenner to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and said he would no longer stand in the way of a Senate vote despite actions by the Obama administration that he said violate 'both the letter and the spirit' of the 2010 health care law. But after Harkin announced his decision on the Senate floor, Majority Leader Harry Reid said it was unclear when the Senate would vote on the nomination" (Carey, 5/7).

Also on the blog, Ankita Rao reports on how three Medicare models could play out: "A study from the Rand Corporation, a nonprofit research organization, compared the impact of three proposals that have been discussed by Congress or the White House to curb the costs of the government health care program for seniors and the disabled. The study is published in the May issue of Health Affairs" (Rao, 5/7). Check out what else is on the blog.

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