Stories by Emily Ethridge:
May 14, 2013
Conservative groups and some lawmakers are pushing Republicans to focus on legislation that would ruin the health care law’s implementation — a strategy that complicates efforts to pass any other kind of health care bill.
April 25, 2013
Lawmakers and congressional staff members are concerned about whether the federal government will continue to pay part of their premiums as they move to buying insurance through the exchanges next year.
April 8, 2013
Health care stakeholders complain that some of Medicare’s benefit structure is still stuck in the 1960s, when the program was created. As lawmakers search for ways to reduce government spending, many are looking to find savings by bringing all of Medicare into the current century.
March 26, 2013
Although the Senate-adopted budget resolution upholds the 2010 health care overhaul, Republicans added several repeal and oversight provisions through amendment votes on the floor and in committee.
March 25, 2013
Observers watching the Senate on the afternoon of March 13 could be forgiven for feeling a little bit of déjà vu. Senators were once again voting on a motion to try to disable the 2010 health care overhaul — this time by delaying any funding for the law, courtesy of an amendment from Republican freshman Ted Cruz of Texas.
March 10, 2013
The House Republican budget will balance the budget over 10 years in part by cutting spending by about $5 trillion and turning Medicare into a premium support program, Rep. Paul D. Ryan said Sunday.
Feb. 8, 2013
Marilyn Tavenner has another shot to be confirmed as leader of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, but getting there will require defending the 2010 health care law to Senate Republicans.
Feb. 4, 2013
An expensive, high-end cigar selected from one of the best boutique manufacturers. A small grape-flavored Swisher Sweet bought in a pack at a gas station for less than $1 each. Are they the same thing?
Jan. 30, 2013
The retirement of Chairman Tom Harkin in 2014 means the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is likely to wind up with a different kind of leader.
Jan. 1, 2013
The Senate-passed fiscal cliff bill would block for one year a scheduled 27 percent cut in reimbursements for Medicare physicians, paid for by familiar cuts and adjustments to other provider payments.
Jan. 1, 2013
The bill to avert the fiscal cliff would repeal a suspended program in the 2010 health care law that has long been targeted by Republicans.
Dec. 31, 2012
The fiscal cliff legislation worked out Monday contains a one-year payment patch for physicians who treat Medicare patients, paid for by health care offsets, according to a Senate Democratic aide.
Dec. 31, 2012
Whether lawmakers will act to block scheduled cuts to Medicare physician payment rates before Jan. 1 remains up in the air, as discussions on a plan to avert the fiscal cliff deteriorated Sunday.
Dec. 31, 2012
Proposed House rules for the 113th Congress would make it easier for the chamber to change or repeal recommendations from a controversial board tasked with reining in Medicare spending.
Dec. 4, 2012
From now through the end of the year, lawmakers can look forward to hearing from physicians, family practitioners, nurses, home health workers and anyone else who provides care to patients.
Dec. 3, 2012
Health care stakeholders are urging Congress to prevent scheduled cuts in payments to Medicare physicians, as details on another annual patch are getting caught up in the deficit reduction negotiations.
Nov. 14, 2012
Three House Republicans want to create a new committee that would have complete jurisdiction over health care issues, calling it the best opportunity for repealing the 2010 health care law.
Nov. 13, 2012
Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg’s departure from Congress leaves vacant the chairmanship of an appropriations panel that figures prominently for Republicans who want to shrink the budget and gut the 2010 health care law.
Nov. 13, 2012
The company that made a contaminated drug causing a meningitis outbreak and the regulators in charge of overseeing it will all be under scrutiny during two committee hearings this week.
Nov. 9, 2012
Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has a decision to make that could cause a shake up on the Budget Committee.
Nov. 7, 2012
Sure, lines to vote in D.C. and Virginia today stretched to more than two hours long in some places. But many Americans went through much more to make sure their voices were heard this Election Day.
Nov. 2, 2012
The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to put more stringent limits on drugs such as the painkiller Vicodin that contain hydrocodone, although the process is moving more slowly than some lawmakers would like.
Nov. 1, 2012
Massachusetts Democrat Edward J. Markey will introduce a bill Friday to clarify the Food and Drug Administration’s authority over compounding pharmacies, the first such bill since the September outbreak of fungal meningitis.
Sept. 2, 2012
As the shuttle buses pulled up to the Democratic National Convention Media Welcome Party, media folks and invited guest grumbled, put their heads down and sprinted into North Carolina Music Factory in the middle of a downpour.