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Senate Passes Cloture Vote on Health Care Reform Bill

Health Care Reform passed its biggest hurdle to date with a 1:01 AM cloture vote earlier this morning.  The measure passsed 60-40 on a strict party line vote.  This clears the way for the bill to be brought up for passage in a vote scheduled for 7pm on Christmas Eve. Here is analysis of…

Health Care Reform Nears Passage in the Senate

Seems we might be nearing passage of a “Health Care Bill” in the Senate.  Cloture vote is scheduled for this Monday at 1pm and Vote on the final Bill is scheduled for 7pm on Christmas Eve.  The latest amendment was revealed on Saturday and here are some of the highlights:

  • Cuts to Medicare Advantage: …

    20 Dec 09
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Calpers to Boost LTC Insurance Premiums by 22%

Here is a link to the article from the Life and Health Underwriter.

17 Dec 09
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Provision in Senate Health Care Bill will Protect Medicare Advantage Benefits for Medicare Beneficiaries in 3 Counties in Florida

Here is a link to a C-SPAN video and transcript of comments made by Senator Crapo of Idaho.  Senator Crapo highlights a provision in the Senate Bill which would carve out Medicare Beneficiaries in 3 counties (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) from the cuts to Medicare Advantage.  The provision was inserted by Senator Nelson…

13 Dec 09
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NAHU Washington Update for the Week ending December 11th, 2009

Here is a link to NAHU’s Washington Update.  Needless to say, there’s a ton of information to report on.  There’s a good analysis of the Senate’s Health Reform compromise, although it’s difficult to evaluate because many of the details are sketchy.  Also, here is a link to a memo sent to Senators Reid…

12 Dec 09
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Is Senate Compromise to Expand Medicare Already Dead?

Thanks to Ken for giving me this link.  Interested blog post on the Senate’s Compromise to shelve the Public Option in favor of Privately-Run Insurance plans regulated by the OPM and an expansion of Medicare benefits to those who are “exchange eligible” and ages 50-64.  Seems that the Docs and Hospitals have real problems…

12 Dec 09
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Upcoming Meetings for Aetna Medicare and Aetna Individual Products in December 2009

Ritter Insurance Marketing makes it easy to register for upcoming Learning Opportunities with Aetna!  Simply click here to get registered (you must be logged in to register) to attend one of the upcoming live training sessions or webinars.  Coming this week:

  • California Medicare Products – December 15th in Chino, CA
  • Florida Individual Products – December…
    12 Dec 09
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More Layoffs at Independence Blue Cross

This story comes from the Philadelphia Inquirer.  IBC (one of the largest health insurers in Pennsylvania) is facing large losses.  This is due to reduced revenue in it’s Commercial Group market as Employer Groups lay off employees and drop their health insurance.

12 Dec 09
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Health and Human Services Analysts Find Health Care Costs will Grow Fast under Reform than Current System

Here is the full story from the AP.  The study was done by the Office of the Actuary which is under Health and Human Services.  The study looked at the OVERALL impact of Health Care Reform being proposed and not just the impact on the Federal Budget (where tax increases offset additional costs).  Interestingly,…

12 Dec 09
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Senate Health Care Debate Stalls over Drug Reimportation Amendment

Here is the full story from the NY Times.   Ironically, Drug Reimportation was originally supported by President Obama.  However, the White House and the Pharmaceutical Industry struck a deal earlier this year which did not include reimportation.  Now, Democratic leaders have stopped debate on the Reimportation Amendment on fears that it would PASS.  The…

12 Dec 09
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