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June 25, 2012

 


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So It's Pins and Needles for Three More Days
Get the Money Out the Door
Remember Those MLR Rebates?
This Week in Washington
What We're Reading: Supreme Court Obsession Edition
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So It's Pins and Needles for Three More Days

Clearly the Supreme Court does not care that NAHU chapter leaders from around the country are gathered together in Las Vegas for theassociation's 82nd Annual Convention through this Wednesday, or that we at the Washington Update have a nervous stomach and a deep-seeded need for order and closure. The high court announced this morning that they are waiting till this coming Thursday, June 28, to announce the rest of year's opinions. That means that they will almost certainly release their decision in the constitutional challenge to the health reform law on Thursday morning. There is a teeny-tiny chance they could hold the case over until their new term begins in October, but for mental health reasons we can’t really think about that possibility. Read More

Get the Money Out the Door
Various states and the GOP leadership in Congress have routinely asked that the Obama administration hold off on non-critical PPACA spending until after the Supreme Court rules. However, according to reporting this week by Politico, the administration has spent more than $2.7 billion in grants and other expenditures since the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case in March. To put that into perspective, "That's more than double the amount that was handed out in the three-month period leading up to the arguments, according to a Politico review of funding announcements from the Department of Health and Human Services." Read More
Remember Those MLR Rebates?
The official word on how much the consumer rebates due based on PPACA's medical loss ratio provisions will be and who they will go to was released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday, June 21. The HHS report shows that health insurance companies will issue approximately $1.1 billion in premium credits or rebates in July to approximately 12.8 million health insurance consumers in individual and employer-sponsored plans. The means that less than 10 percent of the country's private health insurance consumers will receive a rebate. Read More
This Week in Washington
I know, you're wondering why in the world we even bothered to include this feature this week when obviously all we're doing is trying (and perhaps failing) to look calm, cool and collected while we wait for the Supreme Court ruling. But that's just what your Washington Update author is doing. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the FDA user-fee legislation that the House passed by voice vote last Wednesday. This puts Congress on schedule to meet their goal of sending the bill to President Obama before adjourning for the July 4th recess. The current FDA user-fee agreement expires on September 30. Read More
What We're Reading: Supreme Court Obsession Edition
To help you kill time until Thursday morning, here are some of our favorite Supreme Court-inspired reads. Read More
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