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July 12, 2013

  

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In Case You Think We're Kidding About Friday Afternoon Regulatory Bombs
The Practical Information You Need About the Employer Mandate Penalty Delay
And the Not Practical But Entertaining (aka Political) Employer Mandate Details
What Says "Happy Birthday America" Like a 600+ Page Exchange Rule?
We Almost Forgot Minimum Value!
Everyone Makes Mistakes
We’ve Got Our Eye On You
HHS Awards $198 Million in Exchange Grants
What We’re Reading
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In Case You Think We're Kidding About Friday Afternoon Regulatory Bombs

HHS just released their final rule regulating health insurance exchange navigators and other non-navigator assisters. All 146-pages of it will be published in the July 17 edition of the Federal Register. Read More

The Practical Information You Need About the Employer Mandate Penalty Delay

When the Obama Administration announced the delay of the health reform law’s employer mandate penalties and employer reporting provisions for 2014 last week they did so informally through two blog posts. This week they made the delays official with the publication of Treasury Notice 2013-45. The three-page document certainly doesn’t answer every question brokers and employers will have about the delays, but we've been assured that more detailed guidance is on its way... Read More

And the Not Practical But Entertaining (aka Political) Employer Mandate Details

After years of pushing for changes to the employer mandate provision in PPACA and transition relief, the mandate's penalty requirements were finally delayed last week, giving applicable employers a one-year penalty free card for not offering employees health insurance coverage. Now, as we all know, just the employer mandate component of PPACA was delayed, not the individual mandate... Read More

What Says "Happy Birthday America" Like a 600+ Page Exchange Rule?

While most Americans were sleeping in on July 5 after a late night watching fireworks, the fun folks at HHS were busy releasing a 606-page final rule that includes finalized exchange, Medicaid and CHIP provisions associated with the eligibility changes under the health reform law... Read More

We Almost Forgot Minimum Value!

With all the hubbub about the delay in the enforcement of the employer shared responsibility penalties and employer requirements, we almost forgot to tell you that we still care about the minimum value of employer coverage. We care so much we submitted these comments to the IRS on behalf of the association on July 2 regarding their proposed rule detailing minimum value specifics... Read More

Everyone Makes Mistakes

While we like to cultivate the impression that the Washington Update is practically perfect in every way, of course it’s not really true. Last week our employer mandate penalty delay analysis contained an error that several of you thorough readers were kind enough to point out. Our update stated that the first payment of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Trust (PCORI) fee is due by July 1, 2013 if you have a calendar plan year or a plan year that ended in October or November of 2012. Actually, that first payment is due by July 31, 2013... Read More

We’ve Got Our Eye On You

It seems that some members of Congress up on the Hill have finally heard our pleas for employer relief legislation. As you know, NAHU along with other similar minded trade organizations around town have been talking about the burden PPACA imposes on employers for months now and we are finally seeing some legislative action!... Read More

HHS Awards $198 Million in Exchange Grants

While all the theatrics were going on over at the Capitol, White House and Treasury Department regarding the employer mandate delay, HHS quietly awarded $198 million to six states - Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia - to help fund their health insurance exchanges... Read More

What We’re Reading

Six hundred plus pages of regulations don’t fit very well into our monogrammed beach tote, so we’re leaving the rules behind this weekend. We’ll probably spend most of our time on this, but if the health policy mood strikes us here are some items we’ve flagged to read too...  Read More

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