WASHINGTON, DC - In response to bipartisan requests from governors across the nation, leaders in the House and Senate today introduced the State Flexibility Act. The bill repeals the Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements first imposed in the stimulus and eventually incorporated into the health care law; these rules prevent governors from improving verification measures and better targeting their investments to serve those individuals most in need.
WASHINGTON, DC - Leading voices on health reform from the House and Senate will hold a joint press conference on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Radio-TV gallery. Members will unveil legislation to repeal the health care law's Medicaid Maintenance of Effort requirements, which prevent states from targeting health care services to those most in need and limit governors' ability to root out program waste, fraud, and abuse. Governors from both parties have called for greater Medicaid flexibility in order to innovate and better target health care spending.
WASHINGTON, DC - Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee Chairman Mary Bono Mack (R-CA) sent a joint letter with Subcommittee Ranking Member G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) to the Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment America today seeking information about the company's recent data breach, which compromised the personal information of up to 77 million account holders. The facts surrounding the breach, which occurred between April 17 and 19, still remain unclear and the extent of the damage is largely unknown.
WASHINGTON, DC - The Congressional Budget Office yesterday released a new estimate of how much taxpayers would save with enactment of H.R. 1213, legislation authored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) to repeal the unlimited funding provided under the health care law to provide grants to states for various activities related to health insurance exchanges. The legislation will save more than $14 billion by 2021.
The Obama administration has found all sorts of ways to delay and deny American energy production, but the latest explanation for locking away America's resources takes obstruction to new heights. In a nutshell, the administration's position is that we shouldn't bother developing American energy because it won't make much of a difference anyway.
WASHINGTON, DC - Leaders of the House Energy and Commerce Committee today sent letters to several developers of mobile device operating systems seeking more information on whether these devices are tracking, storing, and sharing users' locations and the implications of such tracking for individual privacy and federal communications policy. The letters come on the heels of recent media reports that certain operating systems are tracking and storing information on users' locations - a revelation first explored by the Energy and Commerce Committee in the last Congress.