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February 28, 2011
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Health Reform and the Federal Budget
HHS Stakeholder Meeting on Agent and Broker Issues
PPACA Constitutional Challenges Continue to Move Forward
This Week in Washington
Capitol Conference Wrap-Up
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Health Reform and the Federal Budget

The House leadership unveiled a two-week stopgap spending bill that includes minor cuts to health spending, but largely avoids the big showdowns over defunding like the measure the House passed last week. The bill, which would cut $4 billion from current spending over that period, is being considered by the House Rules Committee today for immediate floor action this week. It’s designed to avoid a government shutdown while House leaders work out their differences with the Senate over contentious issues concerning the $60 billion in cuts in the House-passed longer-term bill, which would fund the government through September 30. Read More

HHS Stakeholder Meeting on Agent and Broker Issues

On February 18, representatives from NAHU met at the Department of Health and Human Services with Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Steve Larsen, head of the HHS Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and Joel Ario, Director of the Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight office of Health Insurance Exchanges, along with various other HHS officials. The meeting concerned agent and broker issues in regards to PPACA implementation, specifically addressing both our medical loss ratio (MLR) concerns and the role of agents and brokers in the developing health insurance exchanges.  Read More

PPACA Constitutional Challenges Continue to Move Forward

Last week, the federal government asked Florida Judge Roger Vinson for a clarification on his ruling regarding the constitutional challenge to PPACA being brought by a consortium of 26 states along with the National Federation of Independent Businesses. Judge Vinson found that some portions of PPACA are unconstitutional, and since the law does not contain a severability clause, that the whole law was invalid as a result. In his ruling, though, Judge Vinson stopped just short of issuing an injunction to halt PPACA implementation. Instead, he said a declaratory judgment is usually assumed to be “the functional equivalent of an injunction,” and so the federal government has asked for a clarification as to whether or not reform implementation should move forward. The Department of Justice (DOJ) has until today to finalize its paperwork for the request, and Judge Vinson said he would respond “promptly” once all the paperwork is received. Read More

This Week in Washington

As always, health care remains a hot issue on the Hill. Here's what's happening this week: Read More

Capitol Conference Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who attended NAHU's 21st Annual Capitol Conference.

All Capitol Conference attendees were sent a short survey via e-mail. If you have not already, we ask that you please fill it out so we can work to improve future conferences. Everyone who fills out the survey will be entered to win a $50 American Express gift card.

The presentations from Capitol Conference are now available on the website and the photos are now available to be viewed and purchased.

Capitol Conference Day by Day:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

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