Budget office: Federal agency heads must submit reduced spending plans
Aug 22, 2011
White House budget chief Jacob Lew has asked all federal agency heads to submit spending plans for the approaching budget that are 5% below this year’s spending, according to Lew’s fiscal year...
NLRB proposes rules for faster unionization timelines
Jun 22, 2011
The National Labor Relations Board proposed new rules Tuesday that would shorten the lag time between a union petitioning for an election and holding a secret-ballot vote.
Support for universal healthcare program grows, poll finds
Jun 09, 2011
Residents of Massachusetts are increasingly supportive of the state’s 2006 universal healthcare law, lending belief to the idea that the national Affordable Care Act will gain more public support...
Medicare payment board faces repeal efforts from Democrats and Republicans
Jun 09, 2011
The Affordable Care Act’s Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created by the law to contain Medicare costs, is now drawing criticism from both major political parties.
Republicans and Democrats spar over entitlement cuts
May 27, 2011
The U.S. Senate’s vote rejecting Republicans’ proposed 2012 budget — and all of its provisions to drastically overhaul Medicare and Medicaid — means both sides are back to debating how...
Berwick supporters urge Obama, Senate to hold confirmation hearings
Mar 22, 2011
Embattled Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick received a shot of support recently from a number of high-profile colleagues in the medical field, according to news sources.
President’s budget due next week, already causing shivers through providers
Feb 10, 2011
President Obama is expected to release his budget proposal for fiscal 2012 on Monday, and it’s not a document long-term care providers are happily anticipating. Lobbying intensified over the last...
Medicare expert says healthcare reform won’t hold down costs
Jan 31, 2011
The Affordable Care Act would not keep healthcare costs down, testified David Foster, chief actuary for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, before the House Budget Committee.
Obama renominates Berwick to head CMS, contentious hearings promised
Jan 28, 2011
President Obama announced Wednesday that he has renominated Donald Berwick to head the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, six months after naming him chief during a Congressional recess. The first...
President vows to fight attempted repeals of healthcare reform
Jan 27, 2011
President Obama defiantly said he would fight any repeal efforts to his health care reform platform but added in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that he would remain open to ideas for improving...