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February 13, 2012
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Summary of Benefit Coverage Final Rule Released
New FAQs for You!
Itís Budget Day!
Supreme Filing Deadline
But Will We Get To Watch It on TV?
Letís Make a Deal
Has Your Voice Been Heard Regarding MLR?
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March 16-17: Region V Leadership Conference
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Summary of Benefit Coverage Final Rule Released

The Obama administration released the final rules for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s (PPACA) Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) on February 9. The requirements have been the subject of much contention between insurers, employers and consumer groups over the past two years, and the final rules have been much anticipated by the benefits community.  Read More

New FAQs for You!

It wasn’t all about the Summary of Coverage documents last Thursday. The Departments of Labor, HHS and Treasury also issued new guidance on frequently asked questions by employers and health plans concerning the auto-enrollment, employer requirements and waiting periods in PPACA. The agencies have asked for comments on the new guidance, which is due by April 9. NAHU plans to submit a letter on behalf of the whole association, and we also anticipate that our Employers for Flexibility In Health Care coalition will submit detailed comments as well.  Read More

Itís Budget Day!

It’s a big day for policy wonks everywhere, as the Obama administration released its proposed budget for fiscal year 2013. If that’s weren’t enough, just for health wonks, HHS has also released its detailed budget request for the coming year. What, you aren’t excited? Well never fear, that's just one of the many reasons why you pay dues to NAHU—to have the federal budget as it relates to health policy priorities analyzed for you! Read More

Supreme Filing Deadline

Today represents another key filing deadline in the legal battle over the constitutionality of PPACA. Amicus, or “friends of the court,” briefs must be turned into the Supreme Court today in the case of NFIB v. Sebelius for groups who oppose the individual mandate provisions in the law. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this weekend that a group of GOP senators plan to submit a brief, and we expect many other individuals and organizations to follow suit. Read More

But Will We Get To Watch It on TV?

In other Supreme Court news, on Thursday the Senate Judiciary Committee approved bipartisan legislation requiring televised broadcasting of Supreme Court proceedings. The vote was 11-7, with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) siding with six Republicans in opposition. Republican Senators Charles Grassley (IA) and John Cornyn (TX) joined Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and eight other Democrats in support of the measure. Read More

Letís Make a Deal

The short-term extension of the payroll tax/unemployment insurance/Medicare provider payment package expires on February 29, and while congressional negotiators are still hoping to achieve a compromise solution to all three of these problems soon, reports indicate they haven’t made much progress. The two lead negotiators, Senate Finance Chairman Max Baucus and House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp, traded offers this weekend, but aren’t anywhere close to resolving the partisan divide concerning how to pay for the so-called doc fix and the payroll tax cut, which could cost as much as $160 billion. Read More

Has Your Voice Been Heard Regarding MLR?

Have you completed our short survey regarding the MLR requirement's effect on agents and brokers? As part of our ongoing work on Capitol Hill, NAHU has been asked to provide information from our members about the detrimental effects of the MLR. Janet Trautwein sent out a short survey last week asking for your help, and a reminder was sent today to those of you whose responses we have not received. Please take a moment to check your inbox for the message and help us help you! Read More

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