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Kristian Foden-Vencil, Oregon Public Broadcasting
Thu, 2013-03-07

"Under the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans are required to give new mothers equipment and services to enable them to breast feed. What that means in practical terms for most moms is that insurers have to cover the cost of a breast pump – either a rental or a new one. What the law doesn't say, however, is what kind of pump has to be provided. It is left to the insurance companies, following doctors’ recommendations, to decide whether to cover the cost of an electric or a manual pump."

Jed Graham, Investor's Business Daily
Thu, 2013-03-07

"After 2018, the future of ObamaCare's exchanges will be all downhill. At least that's how it looks to the Congressional Budget Office. Its projections imply that the number of people getting subsidized coverage will ramp up from the 2014 start to peak at 22.3 million in 2018, but then fall by 1.8 million over the next five years."

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Wed, 2013-03-06

"House GOP leaders asked President Obama Tuesday to make funds available in support of a temporary insurance plan for people with pre-existing conditions. The plan, known as PCIP, has struggled to get off the ground since it was enacted as part of the healthcare law. Last month, the Obama administration announced that it would close enrollment due to concerns that the program would be too costly."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2013-03-06

"Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Wednesday that he will object to a government spending bill if it does not cut off funds for President Obama's signature healthcare law. Cruz, a staunchly conservative freshman, said he will offer an amendment to delay the flow of funds to implement the healthcare law when the Senate takes up a continuing resolution to fund the federal government."

Julie Bird, FierceHealthcare
Tue, 2013-03-05

"Wellness programs do not appear to lower overall healthcare costs, a new study shows, leading researchers to conclude the Affordable Care Act's wellness program incentives won't significantly reduce healthcare spending. The study, published Monday in the journal Health Affairs, looked at a wellness program launched in 2005 by the St. Louis-based BJC Healthcare hospital system, which required employees wanting access to the system's most generous health plan to participate in the program."

Lloyd Dunkelberger, Herald-Tribune
Mon, 2013-03-04

"House Speaker Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, said today he agrees with the decision by his chamber's select committee on the Affordable Care Act that voted 10-5 _ along party lines _ to reject the expansion of Medicaid in the state under the federal health care law. Here is Weatherford's statement:"

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Wed, 2013-02-27

"Democratic support for President Obama's healthcare law has dropped 15 points since November, contributing to a rise in negative attitudes toward the reform, according to a new poll."

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Wed, 2013-02-27

"A GOP subcommittee chairman railed against the medical-loss ratio (MLR) in President Obama's healthcare law Wednesday for increasing fraud in the private sector. In committee, Rep. Joe Pitts (Pa.) said that most anti-fraud efforts are categorized as 'administrative' expenses and thus limited to 20 percent of a plan's spending under the MLR."

Sam Baker, The Hill
Wed, 2013-02-27

"House Republican doctors released a 'healthcare state of the union' video Wednesday that criticizes President Obama's signature healthcare law but does not mention repealing it. The video shows floor speeches from frequent critics of the healthcare law, including Reps. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Phil Gingrey (R-Ga.). It shows lawmakers arguing that the Affordable Care Act will raise costs and criticizing its taxes on medical devices."

Elise Viebeck, The Hill
Tue, 2013-02-26

"Under a different set of assumptions, the law has the opposite effect over time, the GAO said — the deficit will increase by 0.7 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) if the law's cost-containment measures are phased out. The report attributed this potential increase in part to the law's most expensive features — the Medicaid expansion and the provision of insurance subsidies."

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