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By Mike Miliard 02:47 pm March 24, 2017
The more confusing or contradictory statements from federal officials, the more back-room deals lawmakers strike trying to gain consensus for bills like the American Health Care Act, the harder it is to know what’s really happening. 
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Roger Severino speaking during an interview as a staff member from the Heritage Foundation in 2015.

By Jessica Davis 11:42 am March 24, 2017
The former director of the conservative Heritage Foundation think tank is a staunch opponent of civil rights for transgender people, whom he'll be tasked to protect as OCR director.
By Kaiser Health News 09:21 am March 24, 2017
Dumping essential health benefits from the proposed legislation could enable insurance companies to make their offerings much skimpier and put consumers at finanical risk, experts say. 
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By Tom Sullivan 04:18 pm March 23, 2017
American Medical Association and many other groups also suggested that Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma loosen PQRS and value-based payment requirements.
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Vice President Pence meets with the Freedom Caucus about the American Health Care Act on March 23, 2017. Photo from Pence’s Twitter account

By Henry Powderly 03:53 pm March 23, 2017
The delay is considered a blow to Republican efforts to gather enough consensus to pass the American Health Care Act.
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By Bernie Monegain 09:56 am March 23, 2017
CMS Administrator Seema Verma calls Obamacare a broken promise during the meeting.
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By Jessica Davis 02:54 pm March 22, 2017
Shulkin said it had been a "strategic mistake" to not rethink VistA concurrently with the Department of Defense's EHR modernization, but promised a clear vision for the VA's health IT strategy by the summer.
Trump healthcare bill, ACHA
By Jeff Lagasse 02:14 pm March 22, 2017
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows says he is a firm "no" and that he has at least 22 votes from conservative hard-liners to defeat the bill.
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By Bernie Monegain 01:49 pm March 22, 2017
It turns out many healthcare providers expected, or at least hoped, that the initiative would be delayed. It’s still coming and they need to prepare now.
GOP health plan
By Jeff Lagasse 11:01 am March 21, 2017
The latest iteration of Republicans American Health Care Act would give governors more flexibility in administering Medicaid, enhance tax credits for people 55-64 years old and other targeted changes. 

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