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Affordable Care Act Subsidies In Hands Of Supreme Court: Transcript and Audio PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Thursday, 19 March 2015 05:46

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The fate of subsidies given to Americans under the Affordable Care Act -- Obamacare -- is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court. Oral arguments in King v. Burwell were held March 4.

The transcript of the arguments, as well as audio, are available at supremecourt.gov.

The decision in King v. Burwell will either uphold or gut a key provision of Obamacare. The case centers on whether residents of states that did not set up state health care exchanges can receive subsidies through the federal exchange. North Carolina, like many states, did not set up a state exchange.

A decision is expect this summer.

 
GAO: Feds Paid Out $124.7 Billion In Improper Payments In FY 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Wednesday, 18 March 2015 05:31

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has determined that federal taxpayers are footing the bill for billions in improper payments through a variety of social welfare programs.

GAO found that improper payments for fiscal year 2014 totalled $124.7 billion, up by $19 billion from the previous year's total of $105.8 billion.

The waste was spread over 22 agencies and 124 programs, said GAO's report.

"The increase in the 2014 estimate is attributed primarily to increased error rates in three major programs: the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Medicare Fee-for-Service and Medicaid programs, and the Department of the Treasury's Earned Income Tax Credit program. These three programs accounted for $80.9 billion in improper payment estimates, or approximately 65 percent of the government-wide total for fiscal year 2014," according to GAO's report highlights.

The full report can be found at gao.gov.

 
U.S. House Transportation Committee To Receive Testimony From Gov. Pat McCrory PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 17 March 2015 07:16

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - He is known as a transportation expert, and now Gov. Pat McCrory will represent the National Governors Association before a U.S. House committee. The governor is expected to testify Tuesday before the Committee on Infrastructure and Transportation about the critical role transportation plays in economic growth of the states.

The governor will sit before at least two familiar faces: North Carolina Congressman David Rouzer of the 7th District and North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows of the 11th District.

McCrory will be joined at the table by Salt Lake City, Utah Mayor Ralph Becker and Wyoming Transportation Director John Cox.

McCrory's administration has reformed transportation funding in North Carolina, turning it into a needs-based, data-driven exercise. The system had been tainted by political favoritism for years. The governor has also proposed a 25-year transportation plan.

 
U.S. Senate Hearing Schedule For Monday, March 16, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Federal Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 16 March 2015 05:38

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - One committee hearing is scheduled in the U.S. Senate on Monday, March 16, 2015. The schedule for the full week is available at senate.gov.

Monday's schedule:

4:00 PM
Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

Hearings to examine Federal improper payments and errors in the Death Master File.

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