Monthly Archives: March 2011

Iowa House Committee Kills O&P State Licensure for 2011

Yesterday the Iowa House State Government Committee met to discuss pending legislation for the final time before their self-imposed “funnel deadline”.  The “funnel deadline” is an arbitrary date by which individual pieces of legislation must have met certain benchmarks in … Continue reading

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Health Reform Turns 1 – Key 2011 Provisions

One year ago today President Obama signed the Patient Protection Affordable Care Act into law.  One would think that after a full year had passed that health reform would cease being front page news, right?  Alas, health reform is here … Continue reading

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House, Senate Pass New Stop-Gap Spending Measure

This week both the House and Senate voted for another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government, in hopes of coming to an agreement on a larger spending measure that would run through the end of September 2011.  The House … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate Passes O&P State Licensure Bill

I was in Des Moines last week working with Rod Cheney and the IPOPA lobbying team to ensure a bipartisan vote on the OP Licensure bill.  I am happy to report that thanks to the efforts of so many across … Continue reading

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Appeals Court Ruling Puts an End to ‘Red Flag’ Controversy for O&P

Good news from the District of Columbia’s Circuit Court of Appeals this week.  The court dismissed the case, ruling that the Clarification Act passed by Congress late last year, effectively rendered the case moot.  As a result, physicians, including O&P … Continue reading

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Government Shutdown Averted, For Now…

President Obama signed a two week budget extension last week, averting a government shutdown, as current funding was set to expire on March 4th.  The extension cuts $4B from current spending levels over the two-week period and creates a new … Continue reading

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AOPA Commissioned Study Points to OP Insurance Coverage

Last week AOPA released an independent report they commissioned by the Society for Human Resource Management that detailed the prevalence of O&P related products and services to be included in private insurance plans.  The study concluded that roughly 75% of … Continue reading

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