from the House-passed bill and the President's priorities. Key changes include:
Eliminating the Nebraska FMAP provision and providing
significant additional Federal financing to all States for the expansion of
Closing the Medicare prescription drug "donut hole"
Strengthening the Senate bill's provisions that make
insurance affordable for individuals and families;
Strengthening the provisions to fight fraud, waste,
and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid;
Increasing the threshold for the excise tax on the
most expensive health plans from $23,000 for a family plan to $27,500 and starting it
in 2018 for all plans;
Improving insurance protections for consumers and
creating a new Health Insurance Rate Authority to provide Federal assistance
and oversight to States in conducting reviews of unreasonable rate increases
and other unfair practices of insurance plans.
The new health care reform bill is out from President Obama, the first plan fully embraced by the White House since this debate began. Basically, this plan tracks the bill approved by the Senate, adding in certain provisions from the House and a few modifications by the White House.Officials on ...