President's 2011 Budget for ACF

The President's FY 2011 Budget for Health and Human Services demonstrates an ongoing commitment to the health, safety and well-being of the nation's citizens. While the Recovery funds will expire in 2011, the total federal outlays for HHS are $911 billion, creating a net increase of $50.1 million in spending. [More]

CMS Announces New Medicare/Medicaid Demonstration Projects

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two large-scale demonstration projects on January 27 designed to test the potential of exemplary practices in care coordination, pay-for-performance, and health information technology to drive improvements in quality and efficiency of care. Over 130,000 Medicare/Medicaid beneficiaries in North Carolina and Indiana will be served under the two projects. [More]

Senate Passes Health Care Reform Bill

The U.S. Senate passed health care reform legislation by a 60-39 vote on December 24. Many amendments to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act were added shortly before passage to spur innovation and reform in the health care delivery system. Beyond the health insurance provisions debated over much of the last year, the Senate legislation now contains provisions authorizing: [More]