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Obama Administration Releases FY 2016 Budget Proposal with Medicare/Medicaid Provisions

On February 2, 2015, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2016. The budget would impact all types of health care providers, health plans, and drug manufacturers if adopted as proposed – which is unlikely given Republican control of the House and Senate. Nevertheless, Congress can be expected to consider … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Proposes FY 2015 Budget with Medicare, Medicaid Savings Provisions

On March 4, 2014, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Virtually all types of health care providers, health plans, and drug manufacturers would be impacted by the budget provisions if adopted as proposed – an unlikely scenario given the Republican House leadership’s reaction to the document. Nevertheless, the … Continue Reading

Obama Administration’s Proposed FY 2014 Budget Includes $401 Billion in Health Program Savings

Today, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2014. As widely reported, the budget incorporates an offer the President made to Congress in December 2012 to achieve nearly $1.8 trillion in additional deficit reduction over the next 10 years, including $401 billion in health savings (the Administration observes that this level of … Continue Reading

President Obama Proposes FY 2013 Budget

On February 13, 2012, President Obama released his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2013 budget.  The budget includes a number of legislative proposals – some of which were included in the President’s September 2011 deficit reduction plan — that would reduce Medicare spending by $302.8 billion and cut Medicaid spending by $55.7 billion over 10 years.  … Continue Reading

President Obama Outlines Plans for Deficit Reduction/Entitlement Reform

On April 13, 2011, President Obama delivered a speech outlining his plan for reducing the federal budget deficit by $4 trillion within 12 years, in part through Medicare and Medicaid reforms. Specifically, the President is calling for $480 billion in Medicare and Medicaid cuts by 2023 and at least an additional $1 trillion in cuts over … Continue Reading

President Obama Proposes FY 2012 Budget

On February 14, 2011, President Obama released his proposed fiscal year (FY) 2012 budget. The President proposes a variety of changes in Medicare and Medicaid policy and other Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs, including the following highlights: The budget includes 19 new legislative proposals designed to strengthen program integrity for Medicare, Medicaid, and … Continue Reading

White House Anti-Fraud Initiative

On March 10, 2010, the White House released a “Presidential Memorandum Regarding Finding and Recapturing Improper Payments.” Under this initiative, all federal departments and agencies are directed to expand and intensify their use of “payment recapture audits” under their current authority to combat fraud and abuse in federal programs. As under the Medicare Recovery Audit Contractor program, private … Continue Reading

Bipartisan Health Reform Summit

Yesterday President Obama convened a health reform summit in an effort to bring together key members of Congress and administration personnel to discuss ways to move forward on health reform. After a long day of policy debate, however, the summit failed to result in a bipartisan breakthrough on reform legislation.   While isolated areas of agreement … Continue Reading

Obama Administration Releases Health Reform Plan in Preparation for Bipartisan Summit

Today the Obama Administration released an 11-page summary of its health reform proposal in preparation for a bipartisan health reform summit scheduled for February 25, 2010. Among other things, the proposal includes a relatively-detailed discussion how the Administration would promote access to affordable insurance, address health care fraud and abuse proposals, and bridge the differences between the House and Senate reform proposals in other key areas.… Continue Reading

President Obama Proposes Bipartisan Health Reform Summit

In an effort to jump-start progress on stalled health reform legislation, President Obama has invited Democratic and Republican lawmakers to a half-day, televised health reform summit on February 25, 2010. The event, announced by the President during a press interview on February 7, is billed as an opportunity for members of both parties to “put the … Continue Reading

President Obama Releases FY 2011 Budget Request

The Obama Administration has released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2011. In its budget documents, the Administration reaffirms its commitment to enacting health reform legislation, and it assumes $150 billion in federal savings attributable to health reform over the 2011-2020 period. The document states that the budget “supports health insurance reform” by expanding patient-centered … Continue Reading

President Obama Delivers State of the Union Address

On January 27, 2010, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address to Congress. While the economy was the overwhelming focus of the address, President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to health insurance reform. Acknowledging setbacks on this issue, he nevertheless implored Congress to “not walk away from reform.” He asked Congress to “take another … Continue Reading

Upcoming Congressional Hearings on President Obama’s Budget Request

On February 1, 2010, President Obama is scheduled to deliver his proposed federal budget for fiscal year 2011, which is likely to again include provisions that would, if adopted, significantly impact federal health care policies. Congressional panels already have scheduled hearings on the upcoming proposal, including Senate Finance Committee and House and Senate Budget Committee … Continue Reading

White House proposes $313 billion in additional Medicare/Medicaid cuts

The White House has proposed $313 billion in new Medicare and Medicaid cuts over 10 years, in addition to the provisions included in the Administration’s proposed FY 2010 budget. Among other things, the Administration is endorsing: incorporating productivity adjustments into Medicare payment updates; reducing hospital subsidies for treating the uninsured as coverage increases; paying “better” prices for … Continue Reading

HHS Office of Health Reform Established

On May 11, 2009, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the establishment of the HHS  Office of Health Reform, which is charged with leading the Department’s efforts to pass health reform legislation and coordinating with the White House Office of Health Reform.  Jeanne Lambrew, PhD, has been named Director of the HHS Office of Health Reform.   The complete announcement with … Continue Reading

HHS Report on First 100 Days of Obama Administration

On April 29, 2009, the Obama Administration released a report on HHS progress over the first 100 days of the Obama Administration. The report addresses implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, efforts to promote health reform, regulatory review initiatives, and release of the President’s proposed budget, among other things.… Continue Reading

Sebelius Confirmed as HHS Secretary

On April 28, 2009, the Senate voted to confirm Governor Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services Secretary.  The vote was 65 to 31.  HHS Deputy Secretary Bill Corr was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on May 6.   … Continue Reading

Sharfstein Named Acting FDA Commissioner

Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein has been appointed by President Obama to be the FDA principal deputy commissioner. On March 30, 2009, Dr. Sharfstein began serving as Acting Commissioner for Food and Drugs, replacing previous Acting Commissioner Frank Torti, until the U.S. Senate confirms a new Commissioner of Food and Drugs (President Obama’s nominee for that … Continue Reading

Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research

On March 19, 2009, HHS announced the members of the Federal Coordinating Council for Comparative Effectiveness Research. The Council was authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) as part of a major expansion of federal efforts to compare the effectiveness of different medical treatments, including both infrastructure changes and an infusion of $1 … Continue Reading

National Health IT Coordinator Named

On March 20, 2009, HHS announced the selection of David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P. as the Obama Administration’s choice for National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. As the National Coordinator, Dr. Blumenthal will lead the implementation of a nationwide interoperable, privacy-protected health information technology infrastructure, as called for in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Dr. … Continue Reading

Presidential Action on Stem Cell Research/Scientific Integrity

On March 9, 2009, President Obama signed an Executive Order lifting the ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research. The document provides that the HHS Secretary, through the Director of NIH, “may support and conduct responsible, scientifically worthy human stem cell research, including human embryonic stem cell research, to the extent permitted by law.” The … Continue Reading

President Obama Appoints Hamburg, Sharfstein to FDA Posts

On March 14, 2009, President Obama named Dr. Margaret Hamburg as Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, and Dr. Joshua Sharfstein as the Principal Deputy Commissioner.  The following profiles were supplied by the White House: Margaret “Peggy” Hamburg Dr. Hamburg is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, and an … Continue Reading

Obama Budget Proposal

On February 26, 2009, the Obama Administration released its proposed federal budget for fiscal year (FY) 2010. Most significantly in terms of health policy, the proposal would establish a reserve fund of $633.8 billion over 10 years to finance health reform. While half of the reserve funds would come from tax increases on higher-income individuals, the rest … Continue Reading

Federal Regulatory Review

On February 26, 2009, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a notice announcing that it is developing a set of recommendations to the President for a new Executive Order on Federal Regulatory Review. The recommendations are expected to address: The relationship between the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs and the agencies; … Continue Reading