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January 15, 2013

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Another Day, Another Regulation
The Individual Mandate Issue - Round Two
2014 Tax Costs Hit 2013 Premiums
Way to Go O-H-I-O!
Out With the Old and In With the New
Grassroots Opportunity on the Wellness Proposed Rule
Compliance Corner Update
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Another Day, Another Regulation

The Obama Administration released another PPACA regulation yesterday. This one comes from HHS and focuses on Medicaid, CHIP and more requirements for health insurance exchanges. If you do not feel like reading through all 474 pages, HHS also released a two-page fact sheet... Read More

The Individual Mandate Issue - Round Two

As we all know, the controversial individual mandate component of PPACA was upheld by the United States Supreme Court last June. This ruling meant that all citizens have until 2014 to obtain health insurance or they will have to pay a penalty tax to the federal government. (Remember, because this penalty fee is a tax to the federal government, it is not tax deductible!). The idea behind the individual mandate was to pull healthy people into insurance pools in the hopes of offsetting the cost of the sick... Read More

2014 Tax Costs Hit 2013 Premiums

Health insurance agents are all too familiar with double-digit rate increases. Unfortunately, you may find that the increases you will be explaining to clients over the next year are even higher than normal, as it appears many carriers are beginning to fold the cost of the new health insurance premium tax into their 2013 rates... Read More

Way to Go O-H-I-O!

The state of Ohio is often considered a battleground state during election seasons. Although the election season has come and gone, the state is keeping its’ title, this time in terms of PPACA. The health reform law established a temporary high-risk pool program, the Preexisting Condition Insurance Program (PCIP), to help uninsured chronically-ill individuals obtain coverage despite their preexisting conditions. States either had the option to run their own high-risk pool or elect to have a federal-run pool. Ohio chose to set up its own high-risk pool, leaving the state to believe that all high-risk pool decisions were ultimately up to them...   Read More

Out With the Old and In With the New

As President Obama’s first term comes to a close, some of his key health reform officials are saying goodbye. Among them are Deputy Chief of Staff Nancy Ann DeParle, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, to name a few. It has already been announced that Kathleen Sebelius will remain as Secretary of HHS. With so many key officials leaving, many are questioning how the change in leadership will impact healthcare... Read More

Grassroots Opportunity on the Wellness Proposed Rule

If you are a frequent reader, you probably already know that there have been a number of rules released lately relative to PPACA. One that is still in an active comment period concerns employer wellness programs. Comments are due on this regulation on January 25 and NAHU is in the process of developing a comprehensive letter on this proposed rule to submit on behalf of the entire association...  Read More

Compliance Corner Update

NAHU’s Compliance Corner webinar on the new proposed employer rule is filled to capacity! However, it will be recorded and the slides and recording will be available in our Compliance Corner by Friday, January 18.

If you haven’t registered for NAHU’s PPACA certification course yet, you should... Read More

What We're Reading

If you’re stuck in bed with the flu, or just can’t get enough health policy reading material, here are a few picks for you... Read More

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