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February 4, 2011
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Senate Votes Down Full PPACA Repeal But Approves Repeal of 1099 Provisions
PPACA Ruled Unconstitutional Leaving States Struggling With How to Proceed On Implementation
Legislation Introduced to Help Block Implementation
NAHU Submits Comments on Medical Loss Ratio Regulation
Changes at the White House Office of Health Reform/CMS
Please Respond to NAHUís Survey on the Economic Impact of Health Reform
2011 Capitol Conference
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Senate Votes Down Full PPACA Repeal But Approves Repeal of 1099 Provisions

The full Senate voted 47-51 to reject an out-and-out repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The measure was offered by Senate Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) as an amendment to an aviation bill, and the vote came down to party lines. NAHU sent Minority Leader McConnell a letter of support for the repeal effort on behalf of the entire association, and thousands of members sent grassroots letters to their senators. Read More

PPACA Ruled Unconstitutional Leaving States Struggling With How to Proceed On Implementation

On Monday, federal Judge Roger Vinson ruled PPACA unconstitutional in a response to a lawsuit by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses. The ruling specifically declared the individual mandate provisions in the new law unconstitutional, but Judge Vinson also ruled that because the individual mandate provisions could not be severed from the rest of PPACA, he was deeming the entire health care reform law unconstitutional. Judge Vinson reasoned that there are “simply too many moving parts in the Act and too many provisions dependent (directly and indirectly) on the individual mandate…for me to try and dissect out the proper from the improper, and the able-to-stand-alone from the unable-to-stand-alone.”

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has prepared an excellent overview of the ruling. Read More

Legislation Introduced to Help Block Implementation

In the wake of Judge Roger Vinson’s ruling that PPACA in its entirety is unconstitutional, several U.S. senators have introduced legislation designed to halt progress on implementation. Read More

NAHU Submits Comments on Medical Loss Ratio Regulation

NAHU submitted comments to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) last week regarding its interim final rule entitled “Health Insurance Issuers Implementing Medical Loss Ratio (MLR) Requirements under PPACA” as published in the Federal Register on December 1, 2010. Read More

Changes at the White House Office of Health Reform/CMS

There continue to be shake-ups within the administration regarding officials handling health reform implementation. Read More

Please Respond to NAHUís Survey on the Economic Impact of Health Reform

If you haven’t responded to NAHU’s short survey about the economic impact of PPACA on you and your clients, please click here to do so now. It will take less than five minutes to complete. If you have already responded, we really appreciate your input! The results have been requested by congressional leadership and will very helpful in our lobbying efforts. If you tried to send us a personal anecdote yesterday telling us your detailed story of the economic impact of PPACA and had trouble with the e-mail bouncing back, we apologize for the error. You can send your story instead to webmaster@nahu.org. Read More

2011 Capitol Conference

NAHU’s 21st Annual Capitol Conference is right around the corner! As we bring together the final preparations for this year’s conference, we want to make sure you’re aware of all of the important conference-related items coming up in these final weeks. Read More

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