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March 1, 2013


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Capitol Conference 2013
Quick, Someone Please Explain What TGIF Means to the Obama Administration!
Last Friday’s Regulatory Missives—Final Action on Rate Review and Market Reforms and an Interim Final Rule on Consumer Complaints
Always on Our Minds
We’re Famous!
Compliance Corner Update
What We’re Reading
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Capitol Conference 2013

NAHU’s 23rd Capitol Conference was a huge success! We had over 850 NAHU members in attendance, including over 250 first-time attendees (both new NAHU records!). The three-day conference was filled with insightful speakers, relationship building with other members and even a flash mob! Of course our primary focus was lobbying on Capitol Hill and sharing our real health reform solutions... Read More

Quick, Someone Please Explain What TGIF Means to the Obama Administration!

If you are a faithful reader you already know how the Administration likes to drop regulatory bombs on Friday afternoons, particularly on Friday afternoons when we are really tired and/or have big plans and parsing through pages and pages of regulations over the weekend would be particularly inconvenient. Well folks, they have outdone themselves this week!... Read More

Last Friday’s Regulatory Missives—Final Action on Rate Review and Market Reforms and an Interim Final Rule on Consumer Complaints

Last Friday, February 22, HHS issued a final version of the market reform regulations for the individual and small group markets that take effect in 2014. For those of you not interested in slogging through 145 pages of requirements, HHS produced a handy one-page fact sheet on their work. On February 22, the Department of Labor (DOL) also issued interim final regulations on procedures for addressing complaints by employees that have suffered retaliation from their employers because they reported violations of the health reform consumer protections or because they have received advance premium tax credits... Read More

Always on Our Minds

Maybe we didn’t write them quite as good as we should have, but comments to HHS, et al. are always on our minds. This week at NAHU’s Capitol Conference, NAHU members who serve on our national exchange working group met in person to discuss a comment letter to the Administration on the new proposed applications for coverage via individual health insurance exchanges and the small business health options (SHOP exchange). Several leaders of the group also met with HHS officials directly about the proposed application over the course of the meeting... Read More

We’re Famous!

Capitol Conference has generated several great articles, especially in political and industry publications. Here a few of them:

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Compliance Corner Update

Last month’s compliance corner webinar on preparing your clients for the possibility of a Department of Labor audit was so popular that we have decided to do a follow up in March. Click here to register for our webinar on March 7 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST to focus on the very specific employer compliance changes that the DOL will be looking for relative to health reform implementation. Ruthann Laswisck, President of Bluewater Benefit Consulting and NAHU Professional Development Committee Vice Chair, will join NAHU’s Jessica Waltman for the presentation... Read More

What We’re Reading
We’re in the midst of a post-Capitol Conference and comment writing mental crash, but these picks still piqued our interest!... Read More
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