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July 23, 2012

 

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Health Reform Moving Forward—A Message From NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein
Just Take A Little Bit More off the Top
Waiting to Catch the Score
We Meant What We Said, But It Might Not Be What We Wrote
This Week in Washington
What We’re Reading and Watching
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Health Reform Moving Forward—A Message From NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein

Agents and brokers have a unique opportunity to be a constant source of advice and support for health their individual and employer clients as we head towards full implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s insurance market reforms and other requirements in 2014... Read More

Just Take A Little Bit More off the Top
The House Appropriations Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Wednesday, July 18 approved a $150 billion appropriations bill to fund the Labor, Health and Human Services and Education Departments. The subcommittee voted 8-6 to approve the bill which would cut $6.3 billion from these department’s current funding levels. The bill includes provisions banning implementation funding for PPACA and eliminating funding for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality... Read More
Waiting to Catch the Score
The Congressional Budget Office will be the focus of a lot of attention in Washington this week as everyone in anxiously awaiting their release of the CBO’s updated cost estimate of the coverage provisions of PPACA. The CBO’s new cost estimate will reflect the Supreme Court’s decision to allow states to refuse to expand their Medicaid programs and we’ve just learned that we can expect it as early as 2:00 PM Eastern tomorrow, July 24... Read More
We Meant What We Said, But It Might Not Be What We Wrote
Senator Max Baucus, who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, attempted to dash the hopes of the mounting number of PPACA critics who have asserted recently that the actual text of PPACA only authorizes the use of PPACA premium tax credits in state-based health insurance exchanges, not federally facilitated or partnership exchanges. According to Baucus, who was one of the principal drafters of the law, it was always his and the other architect’s intention to treat the offering of subsidies, federal fallback and state-based exchanges the same way... Read More
This Week in Washington
Expected votes in the Senate on competing tax proposals will garner significant attention this week. A bill by Democrats would extend for one year the so-called Bush tax cuts for annual household incomes up to $250,000, and a bill by Republicans would extend all of the Bush tax cuts for one year. Neither bill is expected to win the 60 votes needed to clear a procedural hurdle in the Senate... Read More
What We’re Reading and Watching
New Research by the Center for Studying Health System Change suggests that more small firms are electing to self-fund their health plans, which could have interesting implications for PPACA... Read More
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