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Camp Statement on Hearing on Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Levels and Investment Advice Rules

October 01, 2009 — Opening Statements

I’d like to thank the Chairman for holding this important hearing.  As he knows, Republicans enacted many improvements to our nation’s pension laws in 2006.  The Pension Protection Act was a bipartisan piece of legislation that garnered the support of many current and former Democrats on this Committee, including that of now-White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel.  I think it is ...

Can You Spot the Source of False Information?

October 01, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

Late last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) directed Medicare Advantage (MA) plans to discontinue any communications with their enrollees about the potential impact on beneficiaries of health reform proposals – paid for with massive cuts to the MA program.  According to CMS, 

What Happened to the Prohibition on Rationing?

September 30, 2009 — The Prescription Pad

President Obama and Congressional Democrats have repeatedly pledged to the American public that health care reform will not lead to rationing of health care services.  However, sometime after the bill was originally unveiled, House Democrats removed the prohibition on rationing care from the duties of the Health Benefits Advisory Committee, a government board tasked with recommending ...

Agency’s Failure to Respond Prompts Camp to Request IG Investigation into CMS’ Gag Order

September 29, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) today requested the Health and Human Services (HHS) Inspector General (IG) open a formal investigation into the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) decision to slap a gag order on all Medicare Advantage (MA) health plans (except AARP, whom is spending millions of dollars to try to raise support for ...

Obama’s Medicare Disadvantage

September 29, 2009 — In Case You Missed It...

Medicare Advantage is a recently instituted federal program that allows individuals eligible for Medicare to opt to take their coverage from a private carrier, such as a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) of Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). These MA deals usually offer somewhat better coverage at a somewhat higher price. The entire program is meant to introduce competition into ...

Camp, Brady Applaud Appropriations Poultry Fix

September 25, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, D.C. - Committee on Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) and Trade Subcommittee Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-TX) today commented on the poultry language in the final conference agreement for the 2010 Agriculture Appropriations bill: Congressman Dave Camp stated, “Today’s announcement shows we can keep our food supply safe without ...

CMS Gag Order Contradicts Policy Set by Clinton Administration

September 24, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) today exposed a letter from the Clinton Administration clearly stating that private health care plans offering Medicare benefits have the right to inform their enrollees about pending legislation.  Earlier this week, however, CMS inexplicably reversed that long-standing policy by placing a gag order on Medicare Advantage ...

Ways and Means Republicans Request Hearing on CMS Gag Order Placed on Medicare Advantage Plans

September 24, 2009 — Press Releases

Washington, DC – Today, Ways and Means Ranking Member Dave Camp (R-MI) along with all Republican Ways and Means Members, sent Chairman Rangel a letter requesting a hearing on the growing controversy surrounding the gag order the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) placed on all Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. This order, placed earlier this week, states that plans cannot ...