Mary Agnes Carey has covered health reform and federal health policy for more than 15 years as an editor at CQ HealthBeat
, as Capitol Hill Bureau Chief for Congressional Quarterly
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Republicans have refused in the past to fund the federal online marketplace so health officials are looking at other ways to get the money.
Officials say proposed alterations would help seniors and save money but some patient groups and the drug industry are raising concerns.
Insurers claim the cuts are deeper and are campaigning to stop them, saying they will hurt seniors.
The administration pressed the pause button on part of the health law again. Here's what the new timeline for the employer mandate means for businesses, workers -- and for politicians.
But finding a way to finance the SGR replacement may be even more difficult.
The provisions in the law are designed to help insurance companies adjust to the new markets, but Republicans warn that the program could turn out to be costly for taxpayers.
Former Energy and Commerce Committee chairman, known for his aggressive investigations, has been one of his party’s central figures in health care.
Capitol Hill committees appear close to replacing the controversial physician payment system that rewards doctors for volume with one that offers incentives for quality and coordination of care.
The insurance plan, which serves thousands of people with medical problems who could not get coverage elsewhere, had been slated to end at the end of the month.
The law contains a number of provisions that are changing the rules of health care for consumers.