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SFMS/CMA Joins Amicus Briefs Challenging Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act

On February 28, the SFMS and CMA joined the AMA and dozens of other health care organizations in filing an amicus brief with the US Supreme Court challenging California’s Proposition 8, which denies state recognition of same-sex marriages. Tomorrow, a similar brief will be submitted challenging the Defense of Marriage Act, which denies benefits to same-sex partners of federal employees.

California Heavily Affected by Looming Sequester Cuts

The White House detailed how California and other states would be affected if a deal is not reached by March 1, 2013 to avoid automatic cuts under sequestration. The automatic cuts involve nearly $1 trillion in across-the-board reductions over a decade, including a 2% reduction to Medicare reimbursement rates.

Bowles, Simpson Unveil Deficit-Reduction Plan Includes Hefty Cuts for Health Care

Erskine Bowles and former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.) unveiled a $2.4 trillion deficit-reduction proposal, which includes $600 billion in Medicare and Medicaid savings by decreasing provider payments, raising premiums for higher-income beneficiaries, reducing prescription drug costs, and making “adjustments to account for an aging population.”