Va Health Care Nominee Withdraws Name From Consideration

Senators reach deal on bipartisan bill to expand veterans’ health care options | Fox News

21, 2009 Left office: May 30, 2014 U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans May 30, 2014 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Took office: Dec. 20, 2007 Left office: Dec. 20, 2009 U.S. Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary James Peake speaks at a National Press Club Newsmaker Luncheon on meeting the needs of 21st century veterans at the National Press Club in Washington on May 20, 2008. (NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images) Took office: Oct. 1, 2007 Left office: Dec. 20, 2007 Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Gordon Mansfield (C) looks at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial during ceremonies to mark The Wall’s 25th anniversary on the National Mall November 7, 2007 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Took office: Feb. 1, 2005 Left office: Oct.

CareFirst proposes hefty rate increases; Kaiser cuts rates for individual health plans – The Washington Post


Policy analysts are looking at the 2015 rates to determine how insurers are adjusting after the first enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act. The 2010 law bars insurers from charging consumers higher premiums based on their medical conditions or gender. Premiums can vary by age and whether someone smokes. All insurers are required to offer a package of essential benefits and follow stricter rules for how much covered individuals are required to pay out-of-pocket. Analysts have said that large premium increases could reflect the fact that insurers got a sicker-than-expected mix of patients during the first enrollment period; a rate cut, on the other hand, could be for competitive reasons or the result of a better-than-expected mix of patients. Twelve states have posted rates for 2015, including Virginia, Arizona, Connecticut and Washington.
CareFirst proposes hefty rate increases; Kaiser cuts rates for individual health plans – The Washington Post

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The legislation is a response to a building national uproar over veterans’ health care following allegations that surfaced in April that as many as 40 veterans may have died while waiting an average 115 days for appointments at the Phoenix VA hospital or its walk-in clinics. Since then, investigators have found long wait times and falsified records covering them up at other VA facilities nationwide. Sanders and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., announced the agreement Thursday following two days of intense negotiations. Both had introduced competing versions earlier in the week. McCain said the bill was “a way to help to relieve this terrible tragedy that has befallen our nation’s veterans.” The bill also authorizes the VA to lease 26 new health facilities in 18 states and spend $500 million to hire more doctors and nurses. The VA now has 150 hospitals and 820 clinics nationwide. Senate leaders said they hoped to bring the legislation to the floor soon but offered no specifics.


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