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July 30, 2012

 

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Who’s Looking Out For You Baby?
CBO Score: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
What Will Employers Do?
Medicaid: All That and a Bag of Chips?
Guess Who Is Going On Vacation (Again)?
What We're Reading--Olympiad Edition
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Who’s Looking Out For You Baby?
While the Washington Update usually focuses on the politics surrounding agents and health reform, we wanted to let our membership know that we also have a number of new resources on the NAHU website to help you advise your clients about the health reform law and its many, many provisions. Your Washington Update author is making it her personal mission to get the health reform resources online in better shape before she goes on vacation next week... Read More
CBO Score: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) issued its much anticipated updated “score” of PPACA on Tuesday, July 24, as well as, a new cost estimate for repealing the legislation. Bottom line, the CBO’s projections of how much the law will cost the federal government over the next 10 years as a result of the Supreme Court’s ruling in NFIB v. Sebelius contained both good news and bad news for health reform supporters. It also contained the ugly news that the price of individual health insurance coverage is about to go up even more for everyone... Read More
What Will Employers Do?
Many believe that employer behavior over the next few years will be what makes or breaks health reform. Over the last few years, with the economic downturn many employers have reduced or dropped coverage. PPACA and its underlying financial assumptions are built on the premise that employers will keep being the primary providers of private health insurance benefits in this country during the years to come. But expert opinions vary widely about how the new law will impact group coverage when fully implemented in 2014... Read More
Medicaid: All That and a Bag of Chips?
Medicaid, our nation’s medical safety-net program for low income individuals turns 47 this week. It is a state-federal partnership program, meaning that each group shares in its costs using very complicated state-specific formulas. States are currently under a lot of pressure to expand their Medicaid programs to cover all people with incomes up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level as originally envisioned by PPACA now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the federal government can’t financially penalize states who chose not to expand their programs... Read More
Guess Who Is Going On Vacation (Again)?
That’s right; our Congress is heading into its final week before its scheduled adjournment on Friday, August 3 for a six-week recess that will include the Republican and Democratic conventions. And just like people everywhere who are getting ready to go on vacation, our Congressional leaders will try and get items cleared off their desks before they head out of town... Read More
What We're Reading--Olympiad Edition
Knowing that your Washington Update author still has stored in her attic her beloved VCR tape of the complete Olympic performances of the 1984 American women's gymnastic team (recorded on Betamax) will help you better appreciate the theme of this week's links... Read More
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