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September 6, 2011
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Summer is Over and Washington is Falling Right Back Into Work Mode!
GAO Report Confirms the Biggest Impact of PPACA’s MLR Requirements is on Broker Commissions
Another New GAO Report Highlights the Slow Start of the Federal Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan
Final Regulation Makes AHPs Subject to Rate Review, Beginning This Week
Supercommittee Names Super Staffers and Schedules Its First Official Meetings
Survey Says PPACA is Still Unpopular and Uninsured Don’t See How It is Helping
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Summer is Over and Washington is Falling Right Back Into Work Mode!

Washington’s August recess officially ends today, and Congress and the President have made it very clear that summer is over and it’s time to get back to work. This week is a busy one, and the pace is not expected to let up until Members of Congress go home at the end of the year.  Read More

GAO Report Confirms the Biggest Impact of PPACA’s MLR Requirements is on Broker Commissions

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report last week detailing what health insurance producers nationwide already know—health insurance agent and broker commissions were cut by a number of insurers because of the new medical loss ratio (MLR) requirements in PPACA. The report, titled “ Early Experiences Implementing New Medical Loss Ratio Requirements,” is based on anonymous interviews with health insurers nationwide performed between December 2010, one month prior to the implementation of the new MLR, and July of 2011.  Read More

Another New GAO Report Highlights the Slow Start of the Federal Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan

The GAO released a report last week on the Federal Preexisting Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP) that analyzes the program to-date and breaks down data by state. It includes enrollment information, cost-sharing breakdowns, premium prices and eligibility criteria. Read More

Final Regulation Makes AHPs Subject to Rate Review, Beginning This Week

The federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final regulation last week on rate review that outlines what constitutes an individual policy versus a small group policy for the purposes of PPACA’s rate review requirements. The new regulation also specified that association health plans will be subject to the new law’s rate review provisions. Read More

Supercommittee Names Super Staffers and Schedules Its First Official Meetings

Supercommittee co-chairs Representative Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) made their first major announcement last week with the appointment of Mark Prater as Staff Director. Previously, Prater served as deputy staff director and chief tax counsel for Republicans on the Senate Finance Committee, where he has worked for 20 years. Read More

Survey Says PPACA is Still Unpopular and Uninsured Don’t See How It is Helping

PPACA didn’t fare too well in the latest health policy tracking poll conducted by the Kaiser Family Foundation. The new law is more unpopular now than any time since its passage, with 44 percent of Americans reporting that they dislike the measure and only 39 percent saying that they are in favor of it. Read More

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