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
Getting rid of the tax, which helps raise money to fund the health law, might help break the budget battle logjam.
The online exchanges that open Oct. 1 are not aimed at Medicare beneficiaries, but the 2010 health law does affect seniors in other ways.
These marketplaces open Oct. 1 and will allow individuals and small businesses to compare insurance coverage.
In a letter that the administration described as a "blatant and shameful attempt to intimidate," the Republican House members direct groups to provide a written description of the work they intend to do, the number of employees and volunteers, their duties and how much they’ll be paid.
John Castellani, the head of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, notes support for health overhaul but says efforts to change Medicare Part D program and companies’ control of biologic drugs "would do serious harm to our industry."
In announcing the delay, the administration says it will give businesses time to comply and allow the government to consider simpler solutions.
The report says that the administration "has many key activities remaining to be completed."
President Obama's 2014 budget plan includes a number of money-saving changes to Medicare, some of which have triggered concern from patient and provider groups.
The administration budget request also includes $2 billion in grants to states for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1.
Federal funding for Medicaid is untouched but doctors, hospitals and other Medicare providers will see a 2 percent reduction.