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    Obama Extends COBRA Subsidies Two Months

    The Wall Street Journal (12/22, McQueen, subscription required) reports that on Monday, President Barack Obama signed a measure to extend COBRA subsidies another six months. Workers laid off from Jan. 1, 2010 to Feb. 28, 2010 will now also be eligible for the subsidies, which previously would have ended at the end of 2009.

    Source: WSJ

     http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704304504574610550356800752.html

     

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    Senate Could Approve COBRA Subsidy Extension Before Christmas

    Kaiser Health News (12/17, Gold) reported that proposal to extend the COBRA subsidies, "which passed the House Wednesday night, is tacked onto both the House defense appropriations and jobs-creation bills and would give some unemployed Americans an extra six months of help paying for their COBRA coverage."

    Source: NAHU Newswire 

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    Medicare Expansion Seen As A "Tough Sell"

    USA Today (12/14, Wolf) reports on the Senate proposal to expand Medicare, noting that "liberal Democrats backing the plan see it as a potential salvation for people approaching retirement with chronic diseases or medical risks." But moderate "members of the Democratic caucus have concerns" about the deficit and a government takeover of healthcare, and "Republican opponents say Medicare's low reimbursement rates for hospitals and doctors will drive up premiums for those with private insurance -- or will stop medical providers from accepting new Medicare patients."

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Hospital Groups Push Against Medicare Expansion Proposal

    CQ HealthBeat (12/9, Reichard, subscription required) reports that the American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) "issued alerts labeled 'urgent' to their members" on Tuesday, urging their members to "pressure Senate Democrats to jettison an emerging plan that would allow certain people of ages 55 to 64 to buy into the federal Medicare program.

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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    Senate Defeats GOP Amendment To Reverse Medicare Cuts In Healthcare Bill

    The Senate voted yesterday to defeat a GOP amendment to the healthcare bill, sponsored by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), that would reduce Medicare funding by $460 billion.

    Source: NAHU Newswire

    http://mailview.custombriefings.com/mailview.aspx?m=2009120401nahu&r=3942519-6662

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    What Doctors Say About The Senate Health-Care Bill ? Middle Ground??

    The AMA opposes the creation of an independent board that could slow the growth of Medicare costs and limits on physician-owned hospitals.

    The Senate bill would block the Medicare pay cuts to doctors set to take effect in January, but the group is calling for the Senate to go further and pass a permanent repeal of the underlying payment formula.

    Here’s the AMA’s letter to Harry Reid.

    Source: WSJ

    http://blogs.wsj.com/health/2009/12/03/what-doctors-say-about-the-senate-health-care-bill/

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    Sen. Coburn Targets Health Reform Bill's Medicare Cuts

    The Senate began debate on the first amendments to Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-NV) healthcare overhaul proposal on Tuesday, and media reports note that, as expected, the rhetoric contained a heavy dose of partisanship.

     

    Source: NAHU Newswire

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