Excerpt: The intent of this letter is to follow up on requests made to HHS earlier this year and on requests made more recently by governors and state Medicaid directors in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision – all of which have gone unanswered. The regulatory uncertainty has crippled states and health providers in their ability to plan for future Medicaid expansions or state insurance exchanges.
Letter to HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius Regarding the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Communities Putting Prevention to Work ProgramAugust 13, 2012 | Letter
Excerpt: "In addition to the serious legal and compliance issues ultimately raised about the CPPW program, we have serious concerns about the integrity and effectiveness of spending in the program. The committee supports the need for preventive initiatives designed to improve health outcomes and reduce chronic disease.
Excerpt: “In its March 30, 2012 response to the Committee, Treasury asserted that ‘job creation is not a factor in the consideration process’ for applicants under the Section 1603 program and that Treasury ‘does not report on the number of jobs created by the program’ including, presumably, for the Thompson River Power LLC and Thermo No. 1 BE-01, LLC plants.
Excerpt: The Medicare Advantage program is an important option for seniors that allows for more covered benedits and lower out-of-pocket costs than traditional fee-for-service Medicare. We are therefore concerned about the short- and long-term implications of the QBP and the broader cuts to the program enacted through PPACA.
Excerpt: While the White House now claims, in contradiction to its earlier statements, that White House employees may have been instructed to forward emails from their personal accounts to their official White House accounts if they involved official government business, a question remains as to whether these employees followed the White House policy. A failure to do so could constitute a violation of the PRA.
Excerpt: We have been reluctant to engage more deeply in this matter, believing this is a problem best solved by allowing labor and management to follow through on their agreement. But as the upcoming Olympics reminds us, performance enhancing drug testing is a critical tool for protecting athletes, the integrity of the games they play, and the health and safety of aspiring athletes. It is time for the NFL to follow the Olympic model and start testing for HGH.