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April 12, 2013

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Congress May Need to Designate a Special HHS Parking Spot at the Capitol
The White House Releases a Budget…Finally
So You Want to Be a Navigator?
Higher Premium Rates and Less Employer Coverage under Health Reform
Now Accepting Legislative Council Applications
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Congress May Need to Designate a Special HHS Parking Spot at the Capitol

Congress should consider designating a special parking spot at the Capitol for HHS officials, if they haven’t already. It certainly would have been filled over the last few days, as Acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner had a confirmation hearing in the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday, and Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight Gary Cohen was the star witness at yesterday’s Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) hearing on reform implementation... Read More

The White House Releases a Budget…Finally

It seems that the White House has arrived fashionably late to the 2014 budget party. The House and Senate released and voted on their budget proposals two months ago. The White House, on the other hand, waited until 11:15 Wednesday morning to unveil its plan. Within minutes of the president introducing his budget plan in the Rose Garden, the media deemed the budget DOA, calling it Obama’s Fantasyland... Read More

So You Want to Be a Navigator?

Just one week after the administration released the long-awaited proposed rule to govern exchange navigators, the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) released a grant application for individuals and groups that wish to serve as navigators helping to set up federally facilitated and partnership exchanges. CMS has allocated $54 million for this grant... Read More

Higher Premium Rates and Less Employer Coverage under Health Reform

Let’s take a look at the technical name of the health reform law – the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The law, which seeks to expand affordable health coverage to all Americans, isn’t exactly going as planned. While we have been saying this from the beginning, it seems that everyone else is just getting the memo. Several recent studies have indicated that health insurance premiums will, in fact, likely rise under health reform, which will unfortunately result in some employers dropping coverage for their employees... Read More

Now Accepting Legislative Council Applications

Did you ever wonder how NAHU develops its legislative priorities? Did you wish you were a fly on the wall as NAHU plans its lobbying strategies? Then applying for a spot on NAHU’s Legislative Council might be for you!... Read More

What We’re Reading

For some reason, this week we’ve collected a lot of different state infographics for you, as well as a few other interesting selections... Read More

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