June 7, 2013


In This Issue
California Exchange Shows Lower Premiums…or Does It?
NAHU Submits Comment Letter to Help Mitigate the HIT
IRS Issues Revised Form 720 for Payment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Fee Due July 31
What’s Happening in Washington
What We’re Reading
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What We’re Reading

This week, we’re pondering potential exchange technical problems, employer plan participation problems and what the Northeast should call drive-through liquor stores should they ever make it to our area. Enjoy!

Faithful readers know that, here at the Washington Update, we’ve been obsessed with the impact the health reform law may have on employer coverage participation rates for some time. Now the Wall Street Journal’s on the case too.

There have been many, many lawsuits filed against the Obama Administration regarding the health reform law, and virtually all of them call for striking certain (or all) provisions. This new one calls on the administration to add benefits.

Your Washington Update primary author proudly drinks soda, has been able to navigate a traffic circle since she was 17 and thinks that if you do not eat hoagies (preferably from WaWa), then you are DERANGED. What about you?

For the shocking news of the day, IT experts are beginning to warn of potential technical glitches with health insurance exchanges.

Usually, we find ourselves laughing at Vice President Biden, not with him. But we have to say that his eulogy for the late Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) was masterful—exactly the right combination of poignant yet funny. It’s worth checking out the video or at least the joke highlights that were compiled by the Washington Post.

In related news, in case you are wondering exactly who New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has appointed to fill Lautenberg’s seat until the October special election, the New York Times has a profile of his choice, former New Jersey Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa.

NPR takes a look at exactly how much workers who smoke cost their employers on an annual basis.

A new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll finds that, after three years and just six months prior to full implementation, PPACA is more unpopular than ever. 

President Obama is trying to generate more support and highlight the law’s benefits for Latinos and younger people with a speech today in California.

Meanwhile, House Republicans are taking a slightly different approach. They’ve formed a new group called House Obamacare Accountability Project or HOAP (pronounced like hope) and plan to highlight the negative effects they feel the law will have on jobs, costs and access to healthcare.

Finally, it’s been a dreary wet spring around these parts, but we are holding out hope for a bright summer. If it’s already hot where you are, or even if you’re just crossing your fingers for a nice weekend like we are, make sure you’ve checked your sunscreen smarts.

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