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August 15, 2011
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New Exchange Subsidy, Medicaid Expansion and Premium Tax Credit Regulations Released
11th Circuit Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional But Upholds Remainder of PPACA
Super Committee Members Appointed, Cape Design Plans TBA
HHS Exchange Grant Fund Action and Listening Tour Announced
Kansas to HHS: “Thanks But No Thanks!”
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New Exchange Subsidy, Medicaid Expansion and Premium Tax Credit Regulations Released

The Obama administration put out three proposed rules on Friday that will be critical to the establishment of health insurance exchanges. Read More

11th Circuit Finds Individual Mandate Unconstitutional But Upholds Remainder of PPACA

On Friday, the United States’ 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the PPACA individual mandate requirement that requires nearly all Americans to buy insurance is unconstitutional. However, when ruling on the case that 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) have brought against the federal government, the appeals panel did find that the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program is constitutional and that the remainder of the law can stand. Read More

Super Committee Members Appointed, Cape Design Plans TBA

The House and Senate leaders have announced all of the members of the 12-member bipartisan congressional committee tasked by the Budget Control Act of 2011 with recommending more than $1 trillion in federal spending cuts by November 23, 2011. Read More

HHS Exchange Grant Fund Action and Listening Tour Announced

It was a very busy week at HHS on the exchange front. In addition to releasing three new regulations, HHS announced it has awarded $185 million in exchange establishment grants to 13 states and the District of Columbia. The governments that received new money for the next phase of exchange development last week include: California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oregon, New York and West Virginia. Read More

Kansas to HHS: “Thanks But No Thanks!”

HHS got back a sizable amount of exchange grant funding last week when Kansas Governor Sam Brownback (R) announced the state would be returning the $31.5 million it had received from HHS for health insurance exchange IT development. Kansas was one of seven states selected in February to receive “innovator” grants from HHS to develop exchange technology. The hope was that some states would take the lead on some of the technical aspects of exchange infrastructure development and then share the results of their efforts with other states. Read More

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