Excerpt: Despite CMS’s failure to review the details of Arkansas’ proposal, the state’s waiver assumptions generate real extra costs for federal taxpayers. GAO estimated that the spending limit that CMS approved for the state demonstration is $778 million higher than it would have been if actual payment rates for services provided to newly-eligible adult beneficiaries were included across the duration of the proposal
Excerpt: While U.S. public heath officials assurances – both publicly and during briefings with committee staff – that the Ebola outbreak can be controlled, they are expressing increasingly dire warnings about its growth and the need for quick, decisive action. Read the complete letter online here.
The following organizations have expressed support for H.R. 3522, the Employee Health Care Protection Act: Americans for Tax Reform Concerned Women of America
Excerpt: There is no logical basis for USDA to oversee catfish, while the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates all other seafood. This leaves American seafood companies in the untenable and illogical position of accommodating two sets of federal inspectors overseeing the same facility: one set of inspectors for catfish and another for all other seafood. Both USDA and GAO agreet that there is no food safety justification for this regulatory divide.
Excerpt: The many serious problems encountered by state based exchanges are well documented. This Committee outlined some of the more troubling examples in a June 3, 2014 letter, which requested information about the state implementation grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This letter requested that all responsive documents be produced by June 18, 2014.
Excerpt: The video marketplace has changed significantly since the implementation of the local market rules and many questions remain regarding how elimination or modification of the rules would impact the marketplace and interested parties.