The ACA and the Fiscal Cliff

Achtung baby!

Anyone not following the fiscal cliff negotiations in Congress will be happy to know that a last-minute deal was struck yesterday to avert a series of impending tax-hikes.  However, in order to get this deal passed, legislators also included several health policy changes.  These include cutting future funds for CO-OP health plans under the ACA, a “doc fix” to stabilize Medicare payments to doctors, and cutting Medicare payments to hospitals.

Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post does a great job of summing up these changes in a Wonkblog article posted today, without getting too far into the weeds.  Check it out if you get a chance.  Click here to read her article, titled “Fiscal cliff cuts $1.9 billion from Obamacare.  Here’s How.”