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February 22, 2012
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Lots of New Information From HHS
And No One Had to Reschedule A Flight!
Give Me Just a Little More Time
Obviously Hes Never Tried to Purchase Individual Health Coverage in New Jersey
Whoops! Scratch That, Reverse It!
How Do You Like It Now?
Thumbs Down Wisconsin, Partial Thumbs Up North Carolina
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Lots of New Information From HHS

HHS has been releasing PPACA-related information at a fast and furious pace over the past few days, and all indications are that even more may be coming over the next week or so. Today’s highlight is the posting of two new final regulations. Read More

And No One Had to Reschedule A Flight!

What's one way to get Congress to exhibit bipartisan cooperation? Put a tight deadline (or three) in between them and a long weekend! Last week, with the expiration dates of the payroll tax extension, Medicare provider payment fix and unemployment insurance all staring them in the face, members of a bipartisan negotiating team came to agreement on all three items, extending each fix though the end of 2012. Read More

Give Me Just a Little More Time

The Supreme Court announced yesterday that they will expand the time frame for oral arguments in the PPACA constitutional challenge, NFIB v. Sebelius, giving another half-hour of time to debate whether or not the federal Anti-Injunction Act should apply. Read More

Obviously Hes Never Tried to Purchase Individual Health Coverage in New Jersey

In more Supreme Court news, the court-appointed attorney assigned to argue the position that the individual mandate provisions in PPACA are unconstitutional, but if stricken all of the rest of the law should still stand, claims in a brief filed with the high court on Friday that there is no proof that a death spiral will result if the law is implemented without an individual mandate to drive healthy individuals into the system. Read More

Whoops! Scratch That, Reverse It!

On Wednesday, during a congressional hearing to discuss President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget, Acting White House Budget Director Jeff Zients was questioned about the penalty associated with PPACA’s individual mandate requirement and seemingly contradicted the administration’s policy by stating the mandate penalty was not a tax. Read More

How Do You Like It Now?

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2013 budget, released last week, contains a significant proposed expansion of the federal small business health insurance tax credit contained in PPACA with the hopes of making the program more appealing to American small businesses.  Read More

Thumbs Down Wisconsin, Partial Thumbs Up North Carolina

HHS finally issued rulings last Thursday on the last two states that have requested individual market MLR adjustments, Wisconsin and North Carolina. Wisconsin became the 10th state to receive a complete denial of their MLR waiver request, and North Carolina’s request was only partially granted. Read More

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