June 25, 2015
Health Care Subsidies Allowed
In a 6-to-3 ruling, the
ruled that federal tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance under the Affordable Care Act are allowed. The case concerned the ACA-created marketplaces, known as exchanges, to allow people who lack insurance to shop for individual health plans. Approximately 85 percent of customers using the exchanges qualify for subsidies based on their income.
May 5, 2015
LSMS thanks the Louisiana Congressional Delegation for strengthening Medicare
Our Louisiana Congressional Delegation played a significant role in securing passage of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act that was signed into law on April 16, ending an era of uncertainty for America’s patients and physicians. The new law stabilizes the Medicare program and makes it more sustainable for future generations by providing the support for physicians to adopt innovative health care models that will improve quality of care and reduce costs. It also extends funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and community health centers that serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable populations.
On behalf of our patients, we offer our sincerest thanks to each of the members of Louisiana's Congressional Delegation for addressing our nation’s health care needs:
• Sen. David Vitter (R)
• Sen. Bill Cassidy (R)
• Rep. Steve Scalise (R,1st District)
• Rep. Cedric Richmond (D, 2nd District)
• Rep. Charles Boustany (R, 3rd District)
• Rep. John Fleming (R, 4th district)
• Rep. Ralph Abraham (R, 5th District)
• Rep. Garret Graves (R, 6th District)
April 16, 2015
The signing brings to an end years of last-minute fixes and contentious debate over how Medicare pays doctors while also tying doctors' compensation to the quality of care they provide. The law also continues funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program for two years.
March 27, 2015
The Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) continues to be one of the biggest hurdles to significant Medicare reform. With 17 patches in 18 years the time has come to permanently repeal the SGR. In the past 30 days we have seen some movement as the House of Representatives took up a bipartisian bill HR 1470 with the intent of finally repealing the SGR. Unforunately the Senate did not act before the March 31st deadline and will not be back in session until April 13th. The LSMS will continue to keep our members apprised of any developments in these important issues.
March 25, 2015
March 16, 2015
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February 26, 2015