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
and at Dow Jones Newswires. A frequent radio and television commentator, recently featured on the Nightly Business Report, the PBS NewsHour and on NPR affiliates nationwide, Mary Agnes has a thorough understanding of both the policy and politics of health reform. She worked for newspapers in Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University. | Contact: MaryAgnesC@kff.org | @MaryAgnesCarey
State health policy expert Alan Weil offers his take on how states are wrestling with the implementation of health reform – even as they face big budget shortfalls and the law faces uncertainty in the courts.
Elected last fall, new members of the white-coat caucus are ready and willing to cast their votes for repeal.
Wyden has joined forces with Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., to advance legislation to enable states more flexible in pursuing the new health law's coverage goals.
This lawmaker hopes the House will hold a roll call vote on the repeal effort in the first days of the new Congress.
Spurred by growing concerns about the federal deficit, plans to curb Medicare spending are proliferating — setting the stage for potentially bruising battles between seniors’ advocates and budget cutters.
The new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation launched Tuesday a series of initiatives aimed at improving care while reducing its cost.
In the aftermath of Republicans' election victories, defenders of the health care law are huddling to thwart GOP efforts to eviscerate the sweeping measure. Groups that back the law aren't likely to coalesce around a single message to increase public support.
New state officials could slow the pace of implementation, seek waivers from some provisions, veto state legislation and appoint like-minded people to important positions, such as insurance commissioner slots.
Wilson, in an interview with Kaiser Health News, warns that if the 30 percent scheduled pay cut goes through, doctors will bail out of the program, causing access problems for seniors.
Health insurers can't have different rules for when individual policies for children with medical problems than for healthy kids are sold, the Department of Health and Human Services said today.