The ACA and the Fiscal Cliff
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.”