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January 7, 2011
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As the 112th Congress is Sworn In, Health Reform Tops the Agenda
NAHU Supports 1099 Repeal Bill
Health Spending Continues to Rise
People on the Move
Capitol Conference 2011 Registration Deadline
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As the 112th Congress is Sworn In, Health Reform Tops the Agenda

Members of the 112th Congress were sworn in on Wednesday and immediately began working on health reform. House Republicans, in order to fulfill their promise to the American people, began by introducing H.R. 2, which would repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and H.R. 9, which instructs the congressional committees of jurisdiction over health care to develop an alternative proposal to replace PPACA. NAHU has sent the House leadership a letter of support for the repeal effort and we encourage our members to send a message to their congressional representatives to support this important effort. Read More

NAHU Supports 1099 Repeal Bill

In addition to the legislation to completely repeal the bill, House Republicans also plan to introduce a number of measures to repeal particularly objectionable provisions. Representative Dan Lungren (R-CA) introduced the first such bill, an effort to repeal the 1099 tax reporting provisions that require businesses to report all supply purchases of at least $600 or more with one vendor. NAHU has sent Representative Lungren a letter of support for the legislation. Read More

Health Spending Continues to Rise

The nation's spending on health care grew four percent in 2009, to $2.5 trillion, according to a new report from the Medicare agency's Office of the Actuary, marking the slowest rate of growth since the federal government began keeping track in 1960. Interestingly, considering the current MLR debate, the report also shows that 89 cents of every health insurance premium dollar is being spent on benefits, stating: “The net cost of private health insurance (or the difference between premiums and benefits) fell from 12.4 percent of total private health insurance spending in 2008 to 11.1 percent in 2009, continuing a decline that began in 2004.” Read More

People on the Move

The New Year has brought new jobs to many people in health policy circles, including many long-time friends of NAHU. Read More

Capitol Conference 2011 Registration Deadline

NAHU's 2011 Capitol Conference is approaching quickly! Click here to visit the conference website. Read More

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