By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 05/15/13 11:00 PM EDT
"[Reps.] Paul Broun, Phil Gingrey, and Jack Kingston are far more interested in scoring partisan political points than helping middle-class Georgians, and voting for the 37th time to repeal healthcare reform proves it,” said DSCC spokesman Justin Barasky.
Read that report here.
GOP probes navigators: House Republicans on Wednesday announced their latest investigation into the healthcare law: the "navigators" program. Navigators are similar to insurance agents, but can't be paid by insurance companies — they'll help people make sense of their options on newly created insurance exchanges.
But Reps. Charles Boustany Jr. (R-La.) and Kevin Brady (R-Texas) have some questions about how the program will work. They sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday asking for more information about who is eligible to become a navigator and the information navigators will have.
Read the full letter here.
Finally: Medicare and Medicaid have an official administrator for the first time since 2006. The Senate confirmed Obama nominee and acting Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a 91-7 vote on Wednesday.
Read more about it at The Hill's Floor Action blog.
Personnel moves: Lanhee Chen, former policy chief for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign, has joined the advisory board for Partnership for the Future of Medicare.
Read the announcement here.
About that IRS scandal: A growing number of Democratic leaders are denying that the controversy surrounding the Internal Revenue Sevice will hamper the agency from implementing key parts of healthcare reform. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), head of the Democrats' Steering and Policy Committee, said Wednesday that the agency can "walk and chew gum at the same time." Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) had previously blasted GOP lawmakers for seeking to link the two issues.
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint joined other prominent Republicans, including Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), in questioning the agency's credibility Wednesday. "While we don't yet know all the details about these scandals, we do know that the IRS grossly abused its power, at a time when Obamacare grants it massive new authority," DeMint wrote in an op-ed.
Outbreak response: Leading senators have unveiled a bill to
strengthen the Food and Drug Administration's role in regulating
non-traditional drug compounders, such as the company behind the deadly
outbreak of fungal meningitis that began last year. The measure answers
the agency's request for clarity while allowing state regulators to oversee
small compounders as they have in the past.
Read the bill at the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee site.
Medical bankruptcy: People with cancer are more than two and a half times as likely to file for bankruptcy than other patients, according to a new study published online by Health Affairs. Researchers found that cancer diagnoses pose particular financial challenges for younger patients compared with older ones enrolled in Medicare and Social Security.
Read the study here.
The House GOP Doctors Caucus will hold a news conference on the ObamaCare repeal vote.
The House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade will hold a hearing on elder fraud.
The Kaiser Family Foundation will hold a briefing on the Pentagon's role in global health.
State by state
Legal challenges begin against ND abortion laws
Arizona House Speaker wants voters to decide on Medicaid plan
Maine panel votes to link Medicaid expansion with hospital debt repayment
Gov. Beshear unveils new website for Ky. health insurance exchange
BioMarin Pharmaceutical / self-registration
Dutko Worldwide / HSA Bank
Health reform penalizes some Native Americans
Obama planning June 3 mental health conference
Shrinks, critics face off over psychiatric manual
Docs, nurses disagree over expanded nurse roles
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