April 4, 2014
Sebelius: No More Health Law Delays; No Enrollment Extension

On March 12, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Ways and Means Committee that there would be no further delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate, which requires individuals to obtain acceptable health insurance by March 31, 2014.

CMS Announces Innovative Hospice Care Model

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched an initiative to develop innovative payment systems to improve care options for beneficiaries by allowing greater beneficiary access to comfort and rehabilitative care in Medicare and Medicaid. The Medicare Care Choices Model will test improvements to certain Medicare beneficiaries' quality of life while they are receiving both curative and palliative care.

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