Health premiums for folks covered by the Affordable Care Act will jump 50-to-57 percent next year, but federal workers and retirees get a pass.
Veterans Affairs Department auditors have been looking veterans’ health care lately and have uncovered some disturbing issues.
Congress spent weeks crafting and voting on various measures to reform the American health care system with, so far, nothing to show for it, but there are still plenty of important measures awaiting lawmakers attention, and not many days left to tackle them. These include the annual Defense authorization bill, emergency funding for the VA and finding a way to keep the government open past Sept. 30. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, brings Federal Drive with Tom Temin up to speed on happenings on Capitol Hill.
Dr. David Shulkin inherited a Veterans Affairs Department only partway through a badly needed transformation. As secretary, he’s got a lot of tough constituents — Congress, a demanding president, veterans groups and veterans themselves. Shulkin discussed a number of pressing matters on Federal Drive with Tom Temin, starting with the consequences of new funding for the Veterans Choice program just approved by Congress. It extends veterans’ ability to obtain health care outside of the VA system. Just don’t call it privatization.
Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) surgery delayed a Senate vote on the latest Republican version of health care policy reform. But a few other things are happening on Capitol Hill, like a group of House members trying to get an omnibus sending package for 2018. David Hawkings, senior editor at Roll Call, has the latest on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
A Medicare program called hospital value-based purchasing has the goal of rewarding hospitals that give high quality care at lower costs. But, quite a few hospitals have been receiving bonuses for efficiency even though the care they give is sub-par, according to findings from the Government Accountability Office. Joining me with more, James Cosgrove, the GAO’s director of health care issues, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.
Ethical people don’t need a code of ethics, while crooks and cheaters don’t care whether you have one.
Have you read so much about the proposed 2018 budget that you feel like your head will explode? Do you just want to know which provisions would affect you, but are having trouble separating it from all the rest? Federal News Radio has boiled it all down to some key takeaways all federal employees need to know. If you read nothing else about the budget, read this.
The Trump administration’s Defense budget proposal envisions billions of dollars in savings from more oversight on IT, base closures, health care reforms and plane tickets.
The Government Accountability Office found that the Veterans Affairs Department doesn’t have a very effective process for aligning facilities and capital investments. Debra Draper, director of health care issues at the GAO, shares the details on Federal Drive with Tom Temin.