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May 16, 2011
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HHS Announces MLR Waivers
Health Care and the Federal Budget Deficit
Exchange Update
Medical Malpractice Reform Passes House Energy and Commerce Committee
This Week in Washington
Annual Convention Early Bird Registration Deadline is TONIGHT
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HHS Announces MLR Waivers

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced on Friday that it will waive the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) medical loss ratio (MLR) provisions for the individual health insurance market in New Hampshire and Nevada as a result of state waiver applications. Read More

Health Care and the Federal Budget Deficit

Efforts to address federal spending and reduce the federal budget deficit will again take center stage this week in Washington. Medicare spending will remain at the forefront of these discussions, particularly following the release of the 2011 Medicare Trustee’s report on May 13, which found that the program’s trust fund will become insolvent in 2024, and today’s letter from Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicating that the U.S. government has reached the debt ceiling. Read More

Exchange Update

Several states took action on the creation of health insurance exchanges this week. The governor of Washington state signed a measure to create an exchange this week, and the governor of Colorado is expected to sign their exchange bill over the next few days. Read More

Medical Malpractice Reform Passes House Energy and Commerce Committee

On May 11, following a two-day mark-up, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed H.R. 5, a medical liability reform bill, by a vote of 30-20. The legislation will cap non-economic damages in malpractice cases at $250,000 and set other restrictions on lawsuits against doctors. Read More

This Week in Washington

The House is out of session this week and will be in recess next week, but the Senate will be hard at work. Read More

Annual Convention Early Bird Registration Deadline is TONIGHT

The deadline to receive the Early Bird discounted registration for Annual Convention is midnight on Monday, May 16. Learn more about the convention.  Read More

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