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August 1, 2011
 
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Debt Deal in the Works
PCIP’s Broker Registration Process Opens Today
HHS Issues Rules on Preventive Care for Women
HHS Exchange Head Steps Down
Texas and Michigan Apply for MLR Waivers
New Study Shows Health Spending to Skyrocket Despite PPACA
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Debt Deal in the Works

It’s still not final yet, but it looks like congressional leaders and the Obama administration have come to an amicable agreement on raising the national debt ceiling and cutting the federal budget deficit. The new plan, which still needs to clear the not-so-insignificant hurdle of passage by both chambers of Congress, would raise the $14.3 trillion debt limit in two stages by as much as $2.4 trillion. Read More

PCIP’s Broker Registration Process Opens Today

Federal regulators met with NAHU staff this afternoon via conference call to announce that the federal Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) has finalized its online agent and broker registration process, effective today. Agents and brokers who wish to become involved can now register. Read More

HHS Issues Rules on Preventive Care for Women

HHS issued two rules today addressing the preventive care requirements in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The first is a proposed rule which would codify recommendations issued last month by the federal Institute of Medicine and require new health insurance plans to cover women’s preventive services without charging a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible. Read More

HHS Exchange Head Steps Down
HHS took the health policy world by surprise last week with the announcement that Joel Ario, the director of the Office of Health Insurance Exchanges for the Obama administration, will leave his post in the coming weeks for personal reasons. Read More
Texas and Michigan Apply for MLR Waivers

Last week, both Michigan and Texas joined the ranks of states who have applied to HHS for a waiver to PPACA’s individual market medical loss ratio requirements. Both states have asked for a phase-in of the MLR requirements between now and January 1, 2014. Read More

New Study Shows Health Spending to Skyrocket Despite PPACA

A new study from CMS' Office of the Actuary that was published in Health Affairs last week found that health care costs will rise at an average annual rate of 5.8 percent per year over the next decade, which is 1.1 percent more than our nation’s annual projected economic growth. By 2020, health care spending will represent almost 20 percent of all national spending. Read More

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