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January 29, 2013

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A Delay for Exchange Notices and a No Way for Stand-Alone HRAs
Musical Senate Chairs
HHS Seeks Public Comment
This Week in Washington
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A Delay for Exchange Notices and a No Way for Stand-Alone HRAs

Last Thursday, the Department of Labor issued a new frequently asked questions document about PPACA implementation that addressed both employer exchange notification requirements and the future for stand-alone HRA plans. The FAQ formally delayed the requirement that all employers subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (which is virtually all employers, not just those that offer health coverage) provide their employees with notice about the coming health insurance exchanges by March 1, 2013... Read More

Musical Senate Chairs

The 113th Congress was officially sworn into office a few weeks ago and yet, the makeup of the Congress is already changing. Just before the swearing in ceremonies, Tim Scott (R-SC), the former representative from the first district in South Carolina, was appointed to fill former Senator Jim DeMint’s (R-SC) seat after DeMint announced his resignation to become President of the Heritage Foundation. Scott’s House seat has yet to be filled... Read More

HHS Seeks Public Comment

CMS announced on Monday that they would be seeking public comment on “the new single, streamlined application for health insurance and the SHOP applications in preparation for the launch of a new Health Insurance Marketplace next fall.” CMS says the individual application will represent a single point of entry to purchase private insurance on health insurance exchanges (which are being rebranded as Marketplaces) and to assess eligibility for assistance including Medicaid, CHIP and the advance payment of premium tax credits. The 21-page application draft is intended to help employees determine what, if any, federal tax credits, subsidies or programs they are eligible for. It does not enroll applicants in an insurance plan and employers and employees must fill out separate applications... Read More

This Week in Washington

Things are beginning to pick up in Washington, even with the House of Representatives on scheduled recess until February 4. The Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee held a hearing on access to primary care after the 2014 PPACA coverage expansion this morning... Read More

What We're Reading

This week we’re wondering why everyone is so slow to catch on that buying health insurance is complicated. We’re also really hoping that the cold pill we just took falls high on the medical effectiveness scale!... Read More

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