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January 14, 2011
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Health Reform Repeal Bill Vote Rescheduled for Next Wednesday
Rehberg Gets Committee Gavel, Vows to Defund PPACA
Updated PPACA Resource for NAHU Members
IOM Begins Debate on What Constitutes an Essential Benefit
1099 Repeal Legislation Receiving Top Priority in House and Senate
Capitol Conference 2011 Quickly Approaching
NAHU Office Closed January 17
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Health Reform Repeal Bill Vote Rescheduled for Next Wednesday

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) announced yesterday that the health reform repeal vote, originally scheduled for Wednesday but postponed in the wake of Saturday’s tragic shooting in Arizona, will be held next Wednesday, January 19.  Read More

Rehberg Gets Committee Gavel, Vows to Defund PPACA

Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-MT) has been tapped to chair the House Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) spending, and said he will use the position to defund the health care reform package passed by Congress last year. Read More

Updated PPACA Resource for NAHU Members

NAHU has updated its health reform implementation timeline to reflect changes to the implementation schedule of key provisions, including those on the Section 105h nondiscrimination requirements, the CLASS Act and small business wellness grants sections. Read More

IOM Begins Debate on What Constitutes an Essential Benefit

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is responsible for taking the 10 broad categories of benefits PPACA has deemed “essential” and turning them into specific coverage requirements for policies sold in 2014 and beyond. To help them fulfill this charge, HHS has turned to the independent Institute of Medicine (IOM) for advice. A 17-member IOM panel began its official work this week by holding a series of public and closed-door meetings. Panel members include economists, consumer advocates, a state health commissioner and a former CEO of WellPoint. Their goal is to deliver recommendations to HHS by next fall. Read More

1099 Repeal Legislation Receiving Top Priority in House and Senate

Republicans signaled Wednesday that repealing a controversial tax provision in the health care law is one of their most pressing priorities, and a standalone bill (H.R. 4) to repeal the requirement was introduced Wednesday in the House. House Republicans have renumbered the bill repealing the tax requirement as H.R. 4, signaling it will be one of their first pieces of business. The bill would repeal language requiring companies to report all goods and services transactions valued at more than $600 to the IRS beginning in 2012. Republicans, Democrats and even the White House have since said they support repealing this language, which would raise $19 billion over 10 years and was included to help pay for the new health care law. Read More

Capitol Conference 2011 Quickly Approaching

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

NAHU Office Closed January 17

The NAHU office will be closed on Monday, January 17. We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, January 18. Read More

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