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February 27, 2012
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From the Compliance Corner: Free Member Webinar
Upcoming NAHU Legislative Town Hall Webinar
Actuarial Value Bulletin Allows for State Flexibility and Accommodates CDHC Plans
In the End, Itís Only the Views of Nine That Matter
More Time For Exchanges
State Actions Have Big Cost Consequences
PCIP is a Success, According to Obama Administration
This Week in Washington
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March 1: New Guidance on Summary Plan Benefits and Other Recent Regulations
March 16-17: Region V Leadership Conference
March 21: NAHU Legislative Town Hall
March 31: Deadline for LPRT applications
April 5: Deadline for NAHU awards submissions
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From the Compliance Corner: Free Member Webinar

NAHU will be hosting a free, one-hour, member-exclusive webinar on New Guidance on Summary Plan Benefits and Other Recent Regulations on Thursday, March 1, at 1:00 p.m. EST. Read More

Upcoming NAHU Legislative Town Hall Webinar
Join NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein, National Legislative Council Chair Troy Cook, and NAHU SVP of Government Affairs Jessica Waltman for a free, member-exclusive, legislative town hall meeting on March 21 at 1:00 p.m EST. During this 90-minute webinar, we will discuss current legislative and regulatory priorities for association and our direction with health reform moving forward. Read More
Actuarial Value Bulletin Allows for State Flexibility and Accommodates CDHC Plans

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a bulletin that describes their approach to valuing plans that will be offered in the small and individual markets after January 1, 2014. HHS’s proposed approach to the actuarial value requirements established by PPACA would be to create a national standardized approach to determining a plan’s actuarial value (AV) and develop a national “actuarial value calculator" to score plans based on their included benefits.  Read More

In the End, Itís Only the Views of Nine That Matter

According to a new Gallup poll released today, Americans overwhelmingly believe that PPACA’s individual mandate provisions are unconstitutional. The new poll shows that 72% of Americans feel it’s unconstitutional, including a majority of Democrats and a majority of those who believe the new health reform law is a positive. Only 20% of those polled believe that the Supreme Court should uphold the individual mandate, but in the end it is really only up to the nine justices who sit on the Supreme Court to make that decision. Read More

More Time For Exchanges

Last Wednesday, HHS’s Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), Steve Larsen, confirmed on a teleconference with the media that HHS will extend the deadline for states to apply for exchange development grants until the end of 2014.  Read More

State Actions Have Big Cost Consequences

The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council released a report last week entitled "Health Care Policy Cost Index 2012." The document ranks the states and the District of Columbia on public policy measures that impact the costs of healthcare and health insurance coverage. Read More

PCIP is a Success, According to Obama Administration

Last Friday, the Obama administration released a report detailing the progress that has been made to-date concerning PPACA’s mechanism to provide uninsurable individuals with access to individual market coverage, the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan. Read More

This Week in Washington

Congress returned from a week-long recess today and has a busy schedule of health-related hearings this coming week. In addition to congressional activity, the National Governor’s Association is in town and they plan to discuss “innovative strategies to improve the nation’s road to wellness, enhance the delivery and efficiency of healthcare services and increase the long-term sustainability of the nation’s healthcare system.” Read More

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