By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 07/23/13 10:30 PM EDT
Celebrity outreach: Michelle Obama's speech came one day after President Obama met with celebrities and entertainment companies interested in helping with the enrollment campaign. The president "stopped by" a meeting that included representatives for Oprah Winfrey, Amy Poehler and Bon Jovi, as well as the organizations that sponsor the Grammy Awards and the Latin Grammys.
"President Obama underscored that the efforts of these artists will be especially helpful since young uninsured Americans (ages 18-35) are key enrollment targets for the new marketplaces," an administration official said.
Read our story about the celebrity outreach effort.
Tavenner to testify: Medicare-Medicaid Administration Marilyn Tavenner will testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee next week on ObamaCare's rollout, the panel announced Tuesday. The hearing will provide a last opportunity for the GOP to grill an administration official on the healthcare law before the August recess.
Tavenner told lawmakers last week that she was not consulted on the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate — a topic that is sure to come up on Aug. 1.
Lee gets a boost: A conservative advocacy group on Tuesday endorsed Sen. Mike Lee's (R-Utah) strategy of using the threat of a government shutdown to defund ObamaCare. Heritage Action goaded lawmakers to support House and Senate bills to defund the healthcare law, and urged them to link the measures to "must-pass" legislation, such as a bill to fund the government.
The threat of a government shutdown over ObamaCare is growing more likely as Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership team, increasingly support the plan.
Read more at Healthwatch.
Moving forward: A key House subcommittee approved a bipartisan proposal to repeal Medicare's flawed physician payment formula and replace it with a system that rewards doctors for high-quality care. The Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Health passed the bill by voice vote Tuesday, capping years of effort on a permanent "doc fix."
The measure could pass the full Energy and Commerce Committee before Congress begins its August recess, but it's unlikely to see a floor vote in the next two weeks.
The bill would repeal the SGR and create options for doctors to be paid based on the quality of their care rather than the volume of services they provide. Providers who remain in the traditional, volume-based "fee for service" model would see a permanent 5 percent pay cut under the bill.
Healthwatch has the story.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing on health information technology and how it is improving patient care.
The Senate Small Business Committee will hold a hearing on small businesses' concerns about the Affordable Care Act.
The National Council of Youth Sports and the Congressional Caucus on Youth Sports will hold a physical activity demonstration in the foyer of Rayburn House Office Building.
Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-Calif.) will host a briefing on mental health with the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
The group Women Speak for Themselves will demonstrate against the Obama administration's birth control coverage mandate in Lafayette Square.
State by state
Jindal: Why I opposed Medicaid expansion
Ill. governor taps Canadian IT firm to build insurance exchange
New Hampshire officials: Expanding Medicaid could save $46M
Keller McIntyre & Associates / American Association of Teaching Health Centers
Capstone National Partners / Kettering College
Hospitals gearing up for ObamaCare enrollment drive
FTC: Supreme Court win boosts fight against drug settlements
ACOs provide better healthcare for less money, if you can find one
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