The health reform debate is rounding the corner and barreling towards the finish line-signing the bill into law. However, before we reach this momentous end, there are a few more procedural hurdles to overcome. The most daunting of them will be merging the House and Senate bills into a single piece of legislation that will be able to receive a majority vote in both chambers and to be signed into law by President Obama.
The Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA) has taken a backseat to broader national health care reform over the past few months. However, as the health care debate proceeds in Washington, several states are taking advantage of the additional funding and new options available under CHIPRA to make significant improvements to their CHIP programs.
A few days back, health care spending numbers for 2008 were released. As expected, the numbers increased-however, they increased at a slower rate than predicted.
That means that we don't need health care reform, right? Hardly.
As you know, the Senate passed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act on Christmas Eve. While this is a huge gift for those who have worked tirelessly for health reform, there was a bonus stocking stuffer this past December, as well.
A lifeline has just been yanked out from underneath many Americans and their families.
According to a new report from Families USA, beginning December 1st, more and more people will face a crushing financial burden-and are likely to join the ranks of the uninsured-as subsidies for COBRA coverage begin to expire.