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HIT Newser: ACA upheld – Can We Talk Health IT Now?

By MICHELLE RONAN NOTEBOOM AMGA requests funds and policies to support care for chronically ill In a letter to members of the Senate Finance Committee Chronic Care Workgroup, the AMGA asks Congress to consider policies and financial and operational technologies that support care for the chronically ill. The AMGA stressed that clinical data from EHRs

AMGA Submits Recommendations on Chronic Care to Newly Formed Senate Workgroup

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) submitted a letter to the newly formed Senate Committee on Finance Chronic Care Workgroup outlining policies that would support care for the chronically ill.

CHIME Urges Congress to Rethink Federal Telehealth Policies

On Monday, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) sent a letter to a Senate Finance Committee workgroup urging  them to rethink the reimbursement of telehealth services, as well as how it can serve as anShow More Summary

Kudos to Congressional Taxwriters for Sounding the Alarm on BEPS

In a letter yesterday to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Senate Finance Committee Chair Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and House Ways andRead the Rest...

Ronald Perelman Puts Financial Clout Behind Lindsey Graham

The billionaire businessman Ronald O. Perelman has emerged on the national finance committee list rolled out by Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina senator seeking the Republican nomination for president.

Isakson Swaps NSA Fears for the IRS

Tuesday in a Senate Finance Committee meeting, Senator Johnny Isakson “highlighted the contrast” between the Senate’s ongoing USA PATRIOT Act debate and the ¯\_(?)_/¯ that greeted the news of 100,000 identities stolen from an IRS database. Show More Summary

IRS Failed to Update Security Systems Making Recent Hack More Likely

4 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

Reports issued to the Senate Finance Committee by a governmental watchdog reveal that the Internal Revenue Service has failed to upgrade its systems to fend off digital attacks, making the recent theft of 104,000 taxpayer details more straightforward than it should have been. Read more...

IRS Commissioner: Sorry Thieves Stole Your Personal Info From Us, But We Can't Really Protect You In The Future

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen testified in front of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday to explain how the highly sensitive information of at...

IRS Officials, Congress Agree That Agency Needs Better Anti-Fraud Measures

Congress was understandably alarmed at the news that cyberbaddies, believed to be criminals based in Russia, were able to gain access to previous years’ return data for 104,000 U.S. taxpayers. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing today, where the Inspector General of the IRS explained that the agency simply isn’t keeping up with the criminals who want its data. … [More]

Daily dose: "Rucho, party of one" version

last monthUS Politics / Liberal : BlueNC

Rucho bullies committee amid questionable rushed approval of energy bill (Raleigh News & Observer) -- Senate finance chairman Sen. Bob Rucho pushed through a bill freezing renewable energy rates on Wednesday, cutting off discussion and refusing to allow a head count instead of a voice vote. Show More Summary

Steady On toward Tax Reform

The Senate Finance Committee’s working groups on tax reform have narrowed their focus. Chair Orrin Hatch sounds like he’s given up on broad-based reform for now, but Tax Analysts reports (paywall) that the groups have focused on four areas where they still may make progress: Education, charity, and homeownership incentives, and tax administration. Show More Summary

Chief Senate Tax Writer Calls for IRS to Stop Use of “Hired Guns” in Taxpayer Exams

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this afternoon sent a strongly worded letter to IRS Commission John Koskinen askingRead the Rest...

The IRS Scandal, Day 729

Orange County Register editorial, Emails Keep IRS Scandal Probe Afloat: John Koskinen has some ’splaining to do. Last June, Mr. Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, told Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and ranking member Orrin Hatch that a computer malfunction somehow zapped thousands of emails to and from Lois Lerner,...

"South Africa accountable for blocking US chicken"

The United States Senate Committee on Finance have approved unanimously by voice vote language that would put pressure on South Africa to remove unfair limits on American chicken imports.

Lois Lerner E-mails Have Been Found, Watchdog Says

As Fox News reported: “The Treasury’s Inspector General for Tax Administration notified the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday that they have recovered thousands of Lois Lerner emails that were not previously produced to Congress, committee members told Fox News.” “The inspector general recovered approximately 6,400 Lerner emails and will carefully examine them as part of the […]

Wyden and Blumenauer Push for Fast Track - What They're Saying (And What They're Not)

Last week, the Fast Track bill, also known as Trade Promotion Authority, was passed in the Senate Finance Committee. It would facilitate passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other nations. Leading...Show More Summary

The Trans-Pacific Partnership and the Death of the Republic

2 months agoNews : Truthdig

By Ellen Brown, Web of Debt On April 22, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill to fast-track the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a massive trade agreement that would override our republican form of government and hand judicial and legislative authority to a foreign three-person panel of corporate lawyers.

Fast Track Isn't So Fast

This week, the Senate Finance Committee approved a bill granting President Obama trade promotion authority to negotiate the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. In today's parlance, this is often called...

Senate Chicken Caucus Pecks Away at Restrictive Trade Practices

The U.S. Senate Chicken Caucus scored an eggciting victory this week as its co-chairman successfully sponsored an amendment to l’egg-islation passed by the Senate Finance Committee that will put pressure on South Africa to loosen its limits on American poultry imports. Show More Summary

Let Me Finish: Majority of Democrats vote for the trade deal

Let me finish with this news that a majority of Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee voted to put the Pacific rim trade deal on fast-track.

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