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March 19, 2012
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Not-So-Fun Friday
New CBO Report Predicts PPACA Costs and Impact on Employer-Sponsored Coverage
You Can’t Do That on Television
Guess What’s About to Enter Its Terrible Twos?
We’re on a Low Budget
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Not-So-Fun Friday

Continuing with their tradition of releasing new regulations on Friday afternoons, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released three regulations dealing with the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 16. Two of them deal with state insurance exchanges, with one addressing the expansion of the eligibility for Medicaid in 2014 and the role of the exchanges with determining Medicaid eligibility and processing applications for coverage, and the other covering the reinsurance, risk corridors, and risk adjustment for health plans participating in the exchanges. Also released was the final rule on student health plans, which cover about 1 million college students nationally. Read More

New CBO Report Predicts PPACA Costs and Impact on Employer-Sponsored Coverage

Last week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released new cost estimates on PPACA which includes a new analysis of the impact the law will likely have on the number of Americans with employer-sponsored health insurance coverage. The report projects that PPACA, if implemented as written, will cost the federal government $1.083 trillion over the next decade. Furthermore, the CBO analysis shows that fewer people will be covered as a result of PPACA than was originally indicated. The CBO now believes the number of uninsured will be reduced by 30 million by 2016, rather than 32 million, as was projected last year. Read More

You Can’t Do That on Television

The U.S. Supreme Court formally announced last week that despite many requests, it will not break precedent and allow televised oral arguments when they consider NFIB v. Sebelius next week. Instead, due to the “extraordinary public interest” in the case, the court will release an audio recording of the day’s arguments at about 2:00 p.m. EST on March 26-28, as well as a written transcript of the proceedings. C-SPAN has announced that they will begin live broadcasts of the oral arguments as soon as the recordings are released each day, both via an online stream and on C-SPAN 3. Read More

Guess What’s About to Enter Its Terrible Twos?

PPACA will have its second birthday on Friday, March 23. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations is planning on celebrating a little bit early with a hearing on Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. entitled the “The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight and the Anniversary of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Read More

We’re on a Low Budget

House GOP leaders may still be working out the kinks, but we’re pretty sure that they are planning on releasing their proposed budget for fiscal year 2013 later this week. What we’re hearing is that the plan will cut at least $19 billion more in discretionary spending than the amounts agreed to by House and Senate leaders and President Obama as part of the debt ceiling negotiations.  Read More

What We're Reading

Occasionally we like to take a break from perusing all of the new requirements on www.regulations.gov in favor of more dynamic material. Here are some of the links that caught our eye this past week. Read More

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