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May 31, 2011
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House to Hold MLR Hearing with NAHU Witness
The Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Announces That It Will Start Paying Agents and Brokers
Budget Battle Still Dominates National Health Policy Discussion
Senator Hatch Introduces Legislation to Improve HSA Access and Expand Small Business Coverage Options
PPACA Constitutional Challenge Update
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House to Hold MLR Hearing with NAHU Witness

NAHU is very pleased to announce that our CEO Janet Trautwein has been asked to testify at the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee hearing on Thursday entitled “PPACA’s Effects on Maintaining Health Coverage and Jobs: A Review of the Health Care Law’s Regulatory Burden.” Read More

The Federal Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) Announces That It Will Start Paying Agents and Brokers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced new steps to reduce premiums and work with licensed health insurance agents and brokers to make it easier for Americans to enroll in the federally administered Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP). Beginning this fall, HHS will begin paying agents and brokers for successfully connecting eligible people with the PCIP program. NAHU has been lobbying for this change to PCIP since the federal fallback program rules were first announced in July 2010. NAHU staff met with PCIP officials this afternoon to obtain more details about the new changes to the program. Read More

Budget Battle Still Dominates National Health Policy Discussion

The Senate is supposed to be in recess all this week, but discussion and analysis of the Medicare provisions in the House-passed budget proposal drafted by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) continues to dominate national health policy discussions.  Read More

Senator Hatch Introduces Legislation to Improve HSA Access and Expand Small Business Coverage Options

On May 26, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Representative Erik Paulsen (R-MN) introduced legislation supported by NAHU that would repeal the part of PPACA that will prohibit small business owners from buying health insurance policies with individual deductibles that exceed $2000 in 2014. The Family and Retirement Health Investment Act of 2011 will also expand the use of tax-exempt health savings accounts (HSAs) and allow for individuals to roll over $500 flexible spending accounts (FSAs) annually. Read More

PPACA Constitutional Challenge Update

Last week, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals announced the panel that will be hearing the appeal case concerning the constitutional challenge to PPACA filed by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) later this spring. Two of the judges were nominated by Democratic presidents and one was nominated by a Republican president. Read More

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