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Illinois Update

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

ILLINOIS Update: As a result of the November election, the composition of the Illinois House will be 71-47, while the Senate will be 40-19.  It could mean that the health insurance exchange legislation may break loose from its “log jam” in the veto session or the first part of the spring session scheduled to begin in mid-January.  The Illinois Health Benefits Exchange Legislative Commission, which has not met in almost six months, is now scheduled to meet on November 27th to get an update from the administration on the state-federal partnership plan (effective 2014) scheduled to be submitted to the federal government by November 16.  The goal continues to be a state-based exchange in 2015.  The State of Illinois recently gathered information from carriers with respect to how many products each plan intends to market on the exchange and will soon select an IT firm to set up some of the exchange operations.

The IPAB: The Center Of A Political Clash Over How To Change Medicare

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Kaiser Health News reports:

“It sounds like a new Apple product, but IPAB is actually a controversial board that is at the heart of House Republicans’ efforts to upend the 2010 federal health law–or at least make it a strong campaign issue.

The Independent Payment Advisory Board, created by the health law, is designed to help hold down costs in Medicare, the federal health program for seniors and the disabled. It is not yet operating. But Republicans — and some Democrats — have denounced the concept, saying it would wind up rationing care and would eclipse congressional authority over Medicare.

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How The Health Law Might Be Changed By The Next President

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Kaiser Health News reports:

“On the presidential campaign trail, Republican Mitt Romney has repeatedly called for repeal of the 2010 health law and President Barack Obama has vowed to implement it. Yet both men could face obstacles: Romney may be stymied by the lack of a majority in Congress to do his will and Obama could be forced by fiscal concerns or public opinion to revamp parts of the law.

Here is a look at how Obama and Romney might change the health law in the years ahead based on interviews with health policy experts.

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Health Care: Repeal and Replace Obamacare

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

MittRomney.com reports:

“Health care is more than just one-sixth of the American economy. It is an essential source of well-being for individuals and families.

Our health care system is blessed with many extraordinary strengths. It produces and attracts the best and the brightest across all fields of medicine, and provides unparalleled innovation, choice, and quality of care. But it also faces significant challenges: high cost, inefficiency, inconsistency, and tens of millions of Americans lacking insurance coverage. We can fix these problems.

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This Election Is All About Health Care

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Bloomberg reports:

“According to the latest Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, 55 percent of registered voters say the outcome of this election will make “a great deal of difference” in their lives. That’s a 10 percentage point increase over the 2004 election, and more than double the percentage of voters who felt that way about the elections of 1996 or 1992. The stakes this year are higher — and most voters know it.

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