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February 6, 2012
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NAHU is Proud to Announce the Introduction of S. 2068
CLASS Is Over, At Least in the House
Just Another Manic Monday
Tick Tock, You Donít Stop
Essential Needs
In Case You Missed It: Form W-2 Reporting Webinar
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February 27: CDHC & Wellness classes offered at Workplace Benefits Renaissance
March 16-17: Region V Leadership Conference
March 31: Deadline for LPRT applications
April 5: Deadline for NAHU awards submissions
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NAHU is Proud to Announce the Introduction of S. 2068

On Friday, February 3, Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), introduced S. 2068, the Access to Independent Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2012. Here is a link to NAHU’s press release about the measure, and here is a link to a fact sheet about the bill. Read More

CLASS Is Over, At Least in the House

On February 1, the House of Representatives voted 267-159 to repeal the CLASS Act provisions of PPACA, which would create a voluntary, federal long-term care program that the Obama administration has conceded would never be financially viable. Twenty-eight Democrats joined all Republicans in support of the repeal measure. Read More

Just Another Manic Monday

Today means two more key deadlines in the legal battle over the constitutionality of PPACA. The 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) who are suing the federal government over the law, and the Justice Department had until 5:00 p.m. EST today to file briefs about the central question of the their lawsuit—whether or not Congress overstepped its constitutional authority with the individual mandate provisions of the law. Read More

Tick Tock, You Donít Stop

Yes, the clock is still ticking and Congress is still searching for a way to avoid the looming massive cuts in Medicare’s payments to doctors (again). Not to mention a payroll tax increase, oh, and unemployment benefits, too. The conference committee charged with resolving all of these issues by March 1 held two meetings last week, the first of which included a more extensive discussion of the need for a long-term fix to the Medicare physician payment problems stemming from the sustainable growth rate formula. Read More

Essential Needs

In 2014, health insurance plans offered through state insurance exchanges, as well as non-grandfathered plans offered in the individual and small group markets, will be required to cover a set of health benefits and services called “essential health benefits.” The essential benefit packages must cover 10 broad categories of services specified in PPACA, but the bill gave the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) discretion to determine the details of what exactly is to be covered and how. Read More

In Case You Missed It: Form W-2 Reporting Webinar

Last week, NAHU offered its membership access to a free webinar entitled "It is 2012 and the New Form W-2 Reporting Requirement is in Effect." The webinar, presented by NAHU's benefits attorney, Heather Meade, of Washington Council Ernst & Young, provided a refresher on what types of coverage should be included in the reporting, valuation, transition relief for small employers, and an update on the recently issued IRS interim guidance Notice 2012-9. Read More

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