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February 8, 2013

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Again With the Regulations
Wait… PPACA isn’t Going Exactly According to Plan? No Way!
Yes, HHS You Still Have To Play Nice In the Sandbox
House Health Bills Keep Dropping On Our Heads
What We're Reading
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Again With the Regulations

More highly anticipated health reform regulations were released last week. (Is it just us, or is a variation of that last sentence the most common sentiment included in the Washington Update?) The most recent missives from the Obama Administration on PPACA implementation address the affordability test for employer-sponsored coverage, a notice of proposed rulemaking on the assessment of individual penalties for not maintaining minimum essential coverage and a Questions and Answers document on the individual mandate. In addition, on January 30, HHS released a proposed rule on exemptions to the individual mandate and the role for exchanges in determining eligibility for and granting certificates of exemption from the mandate requirement... Read More

Wait… PPACA isn’t Going Exactly According to Plan? No Way!

That’s right, PPACA is going to cost more than originally anticipated according to estimates released by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on Tuesday. Back in August, CBO estimated that the overall 10 year cost of health reform would be $1.165 trillion, but they are now saying that it will cost $1.329 trillion... Read More

Yes, HHS You Still Have To Play Nice In the Sandbox

Since PPACA was signed into law in 2010 HHS has received a ton of media attention, but just because they are the new big kid on the playground does not mean that they get to trump all the other kids in the sandbox. As we have discussed in past Washington Updates, several House Committees have asked HHS nicely to turn over various documents and issue reasoning on some of the more controversial provisions of the healthcare law. But, HHS won’t share and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp is getting frustrated... Read More

House Health Bills Keep Dropping On Our Heads

After being out on recess for the last week, the House of Representatives is back in Washington DC and has wasted no time getting back to business. Just this week, four significant healthcare bills were introduced on the House floor. Most notably Representatives Phil Gingrey (R-GA) and Jim Matheson (D-UT) introduced H.R. 544, a bill that would give states much more flexibility to determine their own age rating bands for the individual and small group markets in 2014 and beyond... Read More

What We're Reading

We don’t have too much time for outside reading, what with Capitol Conference 2013 only 17 days away, but here are a few picks for our faithful followers...  Read More

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