Today, the President sent Congress the $4 trillion Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposal – his last while in office. While the Budget on the whole is dead on arrival in the Republican-controlled Congress, there are provisions worth noting because of their current newsworthiness and possible reemergence in future policy debates. Moreover, proposals directed at addressing the […]
Last week, Congress passed and the President signed into law the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 (“the Omnibus”). This legislation contains both $1.1 trillion in government spending for FY16 as well as $650 billion in tax breaks. The Omnibus includes several health care related provisions, both on the funding and tax sides. This post highlights some of the more significant items.
On Friday October 31, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its annual “Work Plan” for fiscal year 2015. The Work Plan is a compilation of the OIG’s plans for new and ongoing reviews and activities (including audits, evaluations, and certain […]
CMS to Congress: “We Do Not Plan to Finalize” Certain Controversial Medicare Part D Proposals – All “Protected Classes” Will Remain Protected. For Now.
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner responded to several Congressional concerns regarding CMS’ recent proposed rule on the Medicare Part D outpatient prescription drug benefit. We previously reported on that proposed rule here. In a Letter to Representative Sander Levin, Ranking Member of the House […]
On February 6, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) released its annual 2014 Work Plan. In addition, the OIG has posted a 25-minute video vignette featuring senior OIG executives discussing the OIG’s top priorities for fiscal year 2014. The OIG annually […]