On September 8, the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out two challenges to the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), declining to pass judgment on last year’s healthcare reform law and the constitutionality of its individual mandate that all Americans be required to obtain health insurance.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined a request from Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli that it bypass the appeals process and immediately take up his state’s challenge to the healthcare reform law (PPACA).
The House took up legislation last week that would repeal the so-called "1099 provision" in the PPACA.
In early June, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a first round of grants to allow states to strengthen their insurance rate review processes.
The first steps in implementing the new healthcare reform law - Public Laws (PL) 111-148 and 111-152 - were in full swing at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other federal agencies by mid-May.
The White House released its own healthcare reform bill last week, in preparation for Thursday's marathon healthcare summit.
The two major snowstorms that struck Washington, DC last week brought business on Capitol Hill to a near standstill, as the House cancelled all votes for the week and the Senate conducted limited business.
The healthcare reform debate moved forward largely behind closed doors last week, as House and Senate leaders face the critical and complicated task of merging various committee-approved versions of healthcare reform into a single bill for consideration on the House floor, and a single bill for consideration on the Senate floor.
Healthcare reform efforts inched forward last week, as the Senate Finance Committee completed its marathon markup in the early morning hours on Friday, following seven days of heated debate and late night sessions.
After months of behind the scenes negotiations, the Senate Finance Committee began debating healthcare reform on the record last week, as its long-awaited markup got underway.