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October 23, 2012

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Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets, OH MY!
Health Care Cheat Sheet: Everything you need to know about the Presidential Candidates and Health Reform
HHS Under Fire
CMS Shake Up
This Week in Washington
What We’re Reading
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Big Bird, Binders and Bayonets, OH MY!

As the 2012 Presidential debates come to a close, NAHU takes a look at the final two Presidential debates.

President Obama actually showed up for round two of the 2012 Presidential Debates. After a lackluster first performance, President Obama, who had initially been ahead of Romney in the polls, virtually lost his lead. With Governor Romney gaining popularity in key swing states, this race is now tighter than ever. Some are even tossing around every political science student’s dream--that this election may result in a tie... Read More

Health Care Cheat Sheet: Everything you need to know about the Presidential Candidates and Health Reform
NAHU Director of Government Affairs, Brooke Bell, has graciously put together a presidential candidate health policy position cheat sheet to help us understand what our industry could look like under each administration. With the Presidential Election two short weeks away and the media buzzing with candidate gossip, it can be challenging to determine fact from fiction when it comes to the candidates’ and their stance on health care. We’ve broken it down by issue and hope you find it helpful! Read More
HHS Under Fire
It’s been a busy past few days for Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who has been asked by several Republican members of Congress to hand over documents regarding various specific components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More
CMS Shake Up
On Monday, a CMS spokesperson confirmed that after a year and a half, top health insurance exchange official Tim Hill would be taking on a new role. Hill, who had held a number of position’s with CMS over the years, will remain at CMS, but “will instead focus on insurance market reforms and the administration’s heightened efforts to fight fraud in government health care programs.” This shift comes at a time when states are less than a month away from their November 16th deadline of submitting their health insurance exchange applications... Read More
This Week in Washington

With the election two weeks away most politicians are back in their home states hitting the campaign trail hard as they approach the final stretch to the election. This means that things in Washington have quieted down, with the city gearing up for the election. And while it seems things up on the hill are experiencing the quiet before the election storm, most of us are anxiously watching the polls shift on a daily basis, constantly checking to see how our candidates are doing; trying to guess which way the election will go... Read More

What We’re Reading

The funniest lines from last night’s debate. Also the third presidential debate in charts... Read More

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