Some health law funding becomes 'fiscal cliff' casualty

Published on January 4, 2013 at 5:48 AM · No Comments

The agreement approved by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama would kill new funding for health insurance co-operatives. The fiscal deal also officially repealed the health law's CLASS Act, but establishes a new bipartisan commission to develop a plan for long-term care services for elderly and disabled people.

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Fiscal Deal Kills New Funding For Health Law's Co-Ops
The fiscal cliff deal, approved by Congress on New Year's Day, eliminates most of the more than $1.4 billion in remaining funding from the federal health law for new nonprofit, customer-owned health plans designed to compete against the major for-profit insurers (Galewitz, 1/2).

The Washington Post's Wonkblog: The Fiscal Cliff Cuts $1.9 Billion From Obamacare. Here's How.
The fiscal cliff deal is, obviously, mostly about preventing the fiscal cliff and stopping a wave of huge spending cuts. At the same time, legislators did find ways to make some relatively important health policy changes too. They include everything from raising Medicare doctor's pay, repealing a part of the Obamacare and cutting over a billion from the law's funding (Kliff, 1/2).

CQ HealthBeat: New Bipartisan Commission To Kick Off Search For Answers On Long-Term Care
A new high-level commission created to develop a national plan for long-term services for the elderly and disabled will have six months to come up with recommendations on one of the most complex and difficult issues in health care. The fiscal cliff bill, approved by the Senate and House and sent to President Barack Obama late Tuesday, has nine pages devoted to establishment of the Commission on Long-Term Care, a 15-member temporary body modeled on other independent health care panels, such as the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (Norman, 1/2).

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