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NEW SUPPORT FOR CONSUMER-DRIVEN, NONPROFIT HEALTH PLAN IN COLORADO

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) awarded a $69,396,000 loan today to Colorado Health Insurance Cooperative, Inc. (CHI) in Colorado to launch a new private non-profit, consumer-governed health insurance company, called a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP).
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CMS ISSUES FINAL INPATIENT PAYMENT RULE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a final rule that updates fiscal year (FY) 2013 Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient stays at general acute care and long-term care hospitals (LTCHs), and builds on the Obama Administration’s work to slow growth in future health care costs by improving patient care.
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MEDICARE PRESCRIPTION DRUG PREMIUMS TO REMAIN STEADY FOR THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR

Average basic premiums for Medicare prescription drug plans are projected to remain constant in 2013, Health and Human Services Secretary (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius announced today.
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OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ISSUES NEW RULES TO CUT RED TAPE FOR DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS, SAVING UP TO $9 BILLION

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today the release of a new rule that will cut red tape for doctors, hospitals, and health plans.
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HHS PARTNERS WITH PHARMACIES TO EDUCATE MEDICARE BENEFICIARIES ABOUT NEW HEALTH BENEFITS

Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced partnerships with several pharmacies to help customers learn about new Medicare benefits available to them under the Affordable Care Act – the health care law.
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PEOPLE WITH MEDICARE SAVE OVER $4.1 BILLION ON PRESCRIPTION DRUGS THANKS TO THE HEALTH CARE LAW

As a result of the Affordable Care Act – the health care law enacted in 2010 – nearly 5.4 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved over $4.1 billion on prescription drugs since the law was enacted, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today.
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CMS Announces Primary Care Practices to Participate in Historic Public-Private Partnership to Strengthen Primary Care

In support of more effective, more affordable, higher quality health care, 500 primary care practices in seven regions have been selected to participate in a new partnership between payers from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), state Medicaid agencies, commercial health plans,  self-insured businesses, and primary care providers.
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NEW HEALTH CARE STANDARDS TO SAVE UP TO $6 BILLION

Today, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced a final rule that will save time and money for physicians and other health care providers by establishing a unique health plan identifier (HPID).
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HEALTH CARE LAW SAVED AN ESTIMATED $2.1 BILLION FOR CONSUMERS

The health care law – the Affordable Care Act – has saved consumers an estimated $2.1 billion on health insurance premiums according to a new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services.
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