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October 11, 2011
 
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IOM Recommends Flexible Essential Benefit Standard that Mirrors Small Group Coverage
HHS Names Federal Exchange Vendors
HHS to Georgia: Wait a Little Longer
Senate Democrat Leader Looks for Alternative Ways to Finance Obama Jobs Act
ACO Rule at OMB
Save the Date: Capitol Conference Registration to Open Later This Week!
NAHU is Moving!
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IOM Recommends Flexible Essential Benefit Standard that Mirrors Small Group Coverage

The big takeaways from Friday’s release of the Institute of Medicine’s report on PPACA's essential benefit requirements are that the Institute recommends that the essential benefit requirement reflect “the scope and design of packages offered by small employers today,” rather than an exhaustive list of benefits, and also recommends that each state be granted the ability to determine what typical benefits are appropriate for their marketplace. Read More

HHS Names Federal Exchange Vendors

HHS took a big step towards the creation of a federal fallback health benefit exchange on Friday when it announced its intent to contract with several key vendors to assist with the development of the federal exchange’s framework. These vendors are also expected to work with the states who opt for the state/federal “partnership” model that was announced by HHS several weeks ago. Read More

HHS to Georgia: Wait a Little Longer

HHS announced on Friday that the state of Georgia is going to have to wait at least 30 days longer for a ruling on their request for an individual market medical loss ratio waiver. HHS had indicated that it would have a decision ready for Georgia in just a few days, but instead of announcing whether or not they could grant the state’s request last week like many expected, the agency instead claimed it needs more time to review the facts concerning the waiver request. Read More

Senate Democrat Leader Looks for Alternative Ways to Finance Obama Jobs Act

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is looking for new ways to pay for President Obama’s proposed American Jobs Act, since many of the plan’s existing pay-fors are not too popular. This would include eliminating a change to the tax treatment of employer-sponsored insurance benefits for wealthier Americans, which is a provision strongly opposed by NAHU. As written, the jobs bill would add about a seven percent tax on employer-sponsored coverage for individuals who make $200,000 per year, and couples who make $250,000.  Read More

ACO Rule at OMB

The word on the street in Washington is that the final rule on accountable care organizations (ACOs) has been delivered to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The OMB is the final stop for all about-to-be-released federal regulations, and is the place where the White House makes its final regulatory tweaks before a rule becomes public. Sometimes the OMB review process takes days, but it has been known to take several months as well. Read More

Save the Date: Capitol Conference Registration to Open Later This Week!

Mark your calendars! This year’s Capitol Conference will take place from January 23-25, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill and the theme will be Taking Care of Business: Our Response to Health Reform Moving Forward. Registration for this exciting event will begin later this week, so watch your inbox for more information! Read More

NAHU is Moving!

NAHU is moving its offices! In order to facilitate the move, the office will be closed October 28 and re-opening in our new offices on Monday, October 31. The NAHU website will also be down during that time, and NAHU staff e-mails will be unavailable.The new contact information for NAHU’s national office is:

1212 New York Avenue, NW, Ste. 1100
Washington DC 20005
Phone: 202-552-5060
Fax: 202-747-6820

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