Archive for April, 2010

Statement From HHS Secretary Sebelius On Anthem, California Insurer

News Release Source: Statement From HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius On News That California Insurer, Anthem, Is Withdrawing Proposed 39 Percent Rate Increase Today’s announcement is good news for the more than 800,000 Californians who could have been hit with massive rate increased and gives them some much-needed temporary relief.   Since these rate hikes […]

Momentum Building On Sebelius’ Challenge To Insurers To Ban Rescissions Before Legal Deadline

News Release from the Department of Health & Human Services Source: UnitedHealthcare Announces They Will Stop Rescissions Immediately More insurers are heeding Secretary Sebelius’ call to voluntarily implement key provisions of the Affordable Care Act before the law requires them to do so. Today, UnitedHealthcare announces they will join with other insurers and stop […]

Key Provisions Of Health Reform That Take Effect Immediately

Source: Small Business Tax Credits – Offers tax credits to small businesses to make employee coverage more affordable.  Tax credits of up to 35 percent of premiums will be available to firms that choose to offer coverage.  Effective beginning calendar year 2010. (Beginning in 2014, the small business tax credits will cover 50 percent […]

House Passes Landmark Bill To Care For Women Veterans And Provide Support For Veteran Caregivers

SOURCE: For Immediate Release Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010 . . . House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bob Filner (D-CA) announced that the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve S.1963, the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act, with a vote of 419-0.  The bill creates a caregiver support program, improves health services […]

Senator Bernie Sanders And Others Write To Secy. Shinseki On Veterans’ Tax Abatement

SOURCE: April 23, 2010 Dear Secretary Shinseki: We are writing at the request of a number of Vermont veterans who have contacted our offices for assistance in obtaining the “tax letters” which are used to document their eligibility for local property tax exemption based on their status as disabled veterans.  Veterans must submit this […]

News Release From Senator Brown on Reducing Worker Misclassifications

SOURCE: Senator Sherrod Brown Introduces Legislation That Would Reduce The Number Of Worker Misclassification Violations And Ensure Fairness To Workers And Businesses Washington, D.C., April 22, 2010 . . . U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today introduced legislation that would prevent workers from being misclassified as independent contractors and would provide for the protection […]

Legislation To Upgrade Post-9/11 GI Bill

SOURCE: AKAKA.SENATE.GOV Washington, D.C., April 21, 2010 . . . At A hearing held today (April 21) on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman, Daniel K. Akaka (D-HI), brought together a diverse panel that included a veteran attending college on the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials from entities responsible for implementing the program […]

Senator Tom Harkin Talks About Protection From Unjustified Premium Hikes

Washington, D.C., April 20, 2010 . . .  This past week Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) addressed the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions Committee (HELP Committee) regarding protecting consumers from the rising cost of health insurance premiums.  The Committee is working to protect Americans from unjustified health insurance premium rate hikes that go unchecked.  Here are […]

Alleged Endoscope Reprocessing Problems At VA Medical Center

In response to allegations of endoscope reprocessing problems (possible contamination of three gastrointestinal endoscopes identified before patient use) at the St. Louis VA Medical Center, the VA Office of Inspector General, Office of Healthcare Inspections, conducted an investigation.  Below is the Executive Summary.  For the complete report, go to: Executive Summary The VA Office […]

News Release From The VA

Source: Processing Of Claims Targeted For Extra Personnel Washington, The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) is putting Americans to work with funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, while bolstering staffing at VA benefits’ offices where Veterans’ claims are processed. “Our hiring has put about 2,300 people in jobs at these important local […]