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January 21, 2011
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Repeal and Replace Passed the House, So Where Do We Go from Here?
House and Senate Begin Work on Health Reform Oversight
New Exchange Grants
New States Join PPACA Lawsuit
Capitol Conference 2011 Quickly Approaching
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Repeal and Replace Passed the House, So Where Do We Go from Here?

This week, legislation to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), and a resolution instructing four committees to work on alternatives to last year's health care law, passed the U.S. House of Representatives. The repeal bill, H.R. 2, was approved by a 245-189 vote, with three Democrats, Representatives Dan Boren (OK), Mike McIntyre (NC) and Mike Ross (AR), joining all GOP House members in support of the measure. Read More

House and Senate Begin Work on Health Reform Oversight

Central committees in the House of Representatives with jurisdiction over health reform are beginning to hold hearings and begin oversight work on the impact of PPACA. Yesterday, the House Judiciary Committee held a hearing to address possible ways to cut costs and spur investment through liability reform. Read More

New Exchange Grants

This week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the second round of federal grants to the states to help establish their health insurance exchanges by January 1, 2014. This fall, 48 out of 50 states (all but Minnesota and Alaska) applied for and received a total of $49 million in initial federal grant funding to study health insurance exchange creation. The second phase of the funding is intended to allow states to move forward with exchange development. Read More

New States Join PPACA Lawsuit

Six new states have joined the Florida lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of PPACA’s individual mandate provisions. With the addition of Ohio, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Wisconsin and Wyoming, the total number of states on the lawsuit has jumped to 26. All of these states are now governed by newly elected Republican governors. Oklahoma officials have announced that they plan to file their own independent challenge to the mandate provisions. Read More

Capitol Conference 2011 Quickly Approaching

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

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