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July 19, 2013

  

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Obama Speaks on MLR
Votes, Hearings, Testimonies -- Oh My!
Rates in New York to Drop 50%?
No Navigator Surprises
Wanna Read a 5,000-Word Comment Letter about Market Reforms and Exchanges?
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Obama Speaks on MLR

There has been a lot of talk around town about President Obama’s health reform law lately, but it’s been a while since we have actually heard anything from the president himself. On Thursday, President Obama spoke for the first time on the healthcare law in over a month. Overall, the president noted that the law is doing what he intended it to do, despite some glitches and major political opposition. The president didn’t comment on the recent delay of employer mandate penalties in this week’s speech; instead, he focused on the medical loss ratio (MLR) requirement we are all too familiar with... Read More

Votes, Hearings, Testimonies -- Oh My!

After finally getting a delay they asked for, many Republicans on Capitol Hill are left wanting more. On Wednesday evening, the House voted and passed two mandate related bills. The first, H.R. 2667, the Authority for Mandate Delay Act, was introduced by Representative Tim Griffin (R-AK). It seeks to amend PPACA “to delay until 2015 enforcement of requirements that large employers offer their full-time employees the opportunity to enroll in minimum essential coverage. It delays the effective date of related reporting requirements for such employers and for providers of minimum essential coverage.”... Read More

Rates in New York to Drop 50%?

New York’s insurance market has always been a little different, and not necessarily in a positive way. The market itself is highly regulated and, like everything in the big apple, incredibly expensive. New York State has approximately 2.5 million uninsured people, yet only 17,000 people statewide purchase their own individual insurance coverage. New York’s individual market has long been one of the most expensive and regulated in the country, due to pure community rating and guaranteed issue of coverage without regard to preexisting conditions... Read More

No Navigator Surprises

The Obama Administration released its final regulation on health insurance exchange navigators and other assisters late last Friday afternoon. After we finished stamping our feet a few times about the timing of its release, we did go through it and found it to be a surprisingly quick 200+ page read. The reason why is there were few surprises in it. Instead, it largely codified the proposed requirements released earlier this spring... Read More

Wanna Read a 5,000-Word Comment Letter about Market Reforms and Exchanges?

Truth be told, even we’d answer that question with a big fat no, and we wrote the letter. But just in case you do need a sleep aid tonight, here is the letter NAHU submitted to the Obama Administration today concerning the proposed rule entitled "Proposed Protection and Affordable Care Act; Program Integrity: Exchange, SHOP, Premium Stabilization Programs and Market Standards.” Our national exchange coordinators working group, the Legislative Council and a specially convened group focused on web-based brokers helped to develop it... Read More

What We’re Reading

If your idea of a fun way to power through a massive heat wave is to sit back in a cool air-conditioned room and read about health policy, we’ve got the perfect list for you!... Read More

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