Excerpt: We write to express concerns about the tone and tenor of letters that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) sent on June 27 and July 9, 2014, to several states. We certainly believe it is appropriate to expect accountability from states as full partners in the administration of the Medicaid program. However, these letters leave the impression that the challenges states are experiencing are wholly due to state problems, not CMS actions.
Excerpt: The report released yesterday by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) on HealthCare.gov indicates that mismanagement of the website’s development by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has created numerous security vulnerabilities. This report comes just two weeks after CMS announced that a hacker had installed malicious software on a server within the HealthCare.gov network that went undetected for almost two months.
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.