The Super Committee — officially known as the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction — sat down together officially for the first time last week. With their tight deadline and daunting task, some experts are expressing concern that Super Committee efforts will address the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.
In other SGR news, MedPAC commissioners heard one proposal on how to fix the SGR. While the proposal would lop $100 billion off the price tag for a fix, doctors of many stripes were not pleased with how the savings would be accomplished.
Also, a new report from the Census Bureau showed that nearly 100 million more Americans were uninsured in 2010. However, 18- to 24-year-olds gained coverage. Census officials say that could be because of provisions in the new health law that keep young people insured through age 26.
For more details, listen to this week’s Policy & Practice Podcast.
Stay tuned next week for an update on Super Committee talks and a debate on what constitutes a “grandfathered” health plan.
—Frances Correa (@FMCReporting)