• A Look Ahead: Healthcare
  • September 18, 2013
  • Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
  • The new health insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - are set to open on October 1. As this important date looms, House and Senate Republicans grapple with how best to rollback Obamacare. Tea Party and hard line conservatives are pushing for an effort to de-fund Obamacare, while Republican leadership appears to favor an implementation-delay approach.

    The House Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Health took an Affordable Care Act “pulse check” in a Tuesday hearing that focused on “readiness and implementation issues” in the run-up to October 1.

    Other things to watch for this fall: Work toward a permanent “doc fix” by changing a flawed Medicare physician-payment formula and tightening oversight of pharmaceutical compounding facilities, which mix drugs. Legislation to address each had momentum going into the August recess; we’ll see what happens now that Congress is back.