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November 20, 2012

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An Early Thanksgiving Gift From the Obama Administration
Update on Exchanges
Fiscal Cliff
This Week in Washington
What We're Reading
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An Early Thanksgiving Gift From the Obama Administration
It seems we have a lot to be thankful for this week—333 pages worth! At 11:40 this morning, the federal Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Labor released three new proposed regulations regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’s essential health benefit requirements and other key reform components including the new rating rules for individual and small group market policies and new requirements for employer-based wellness programs... Read More
Update on Exchanges
Late last week, the Obama Administration, at the request of the Republican Governors Association, extended the exchange decision deadline by one month to December 14, 2012. Many states had postponed making a decision on an exchange model until after the election; some clearly had been hoping that a Romney victory would result in a possible end to the need for states to make health insurance exchange decisions in the first place! Now that President Obama has been re-elected, though, exchanges seem to be here to stay. President Obama’s reelection, however, has not stopped states from resisting creating an exchange... Read More
Fiscal Cliff
With the election behind us, people in Washington and across the country are buzzing about the looming "fiscal cliff.” Many, however, question what it actually means and what implications it may have for healthcare. The term, coined by Federal reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, “refers to more than $500 billion in tax increases and across-the-board spending cuts scheduled to take effect after Jan. 1 — for fiscal year 2013 alone — unless Mr. Obama and Republicans reach an alternative deficit-reduction deal” says the New York Times... Read More
This Week in Washington

For those of us traveling out of Washington for this holiday weekend, we can certainly thank the Obama Administration for the reading material! The 300 plus pages of newly released Health Reform Regulations will come in handy while sitting in traffic, waiting for the plane or for those who need an escape from family time. From all of us at NAHU, we wish you and your family a very Happy (and filling) Thanksgiving!...  Read More

What We're Reading

Obviously, we’ll be reading the new proposed rules this weekend while snacking on turkey leftovers, and here are a compilation of various news stories on their release. But we are keeping tab on a few other news stories too... Read More

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