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House of Representatives Votes to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 11, 2012
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With Democrats controlling the Senate, the bill is unlikely to advance further. In addition, if a repeal measure cleared Congress, President Barack Obama would veto it, the White House said this week.
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House to Vote on Bill to Repeal Health Care Reform Law

July 2, 2012
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The Senate did not take up the repeal bill and it is unlikely that the Senate, where Democrats are in the majority, would do so this time.
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Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Reform Law

June 28, 2012
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is constitutional, handing President Barack Obama a major election-year victory and shunning 26 states that had sought to overturn the reform law.
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Lack of Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Reform Keeps Experts Guessing

June 26, 2012
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Speakers at overflow sessions of the Society for Human Resource Management's 64th annual conference detail the likely scenarios that could occur when the justices rule late this week.
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Consultancies and Companies Say They're Ready for Health Care Reform

June 25, 2012
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With tools such as webinars and training videos, companies say they've taken the time to put internal battle plans in place.
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A New Remedy Emerges for Spiraling Health Costs

June 22, 2012
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Accountable care organizations require payers—i.e., insurers—and health care providers to better coordinate care for members, especially those with the most medical needs, with the goal of improving cost trends and patient outcomes. Providers typically share in savings reaped from better coordinated care and lower costs, and they must meet and maintain quality standards.
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U.S. Awaits Supreme Court's Ruling on Health Care Reform Law

June 22, 2012
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Three months after the justices heard oral arguments on a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act by 26 Republican state attorneys general, the high court will rule sometime next week as its 2011-2012 term comes to a close.
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3.1 Million Young Adults Gained Coverage Through Health Care Reform: HHS

June 20, 2012
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The increase is directly attributable to the young adult coverage provision in the health care reform law, federal researchers say.
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U.S. Health Care Spending Sees Modest Increases

June 13, 2012
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The recent modest increases contrast sharply with the explosive growth in health care expenditures of just a few years ago. From 2001 through 2003, increases in health care spending averaged nearly 9 percent. And as recently as 2007, costs leaped 6.2 percent.
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Most Employers Plan to Continue Offering Health Care Coverage

June 11, 2012
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Just over 9 percent cited retention of tax advantages as a reason for keeping coverage and just over 7 percent said a top reason for keeping coverage was to avoid tax penalties.
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