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September 27, 2013
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No Online “SHOP”ing in Federal Exchanges, Until at Least November
Ready to Launch?
Cruzing Through the CR
Rating Wars
The Ins and Outs of a Government Shutdown
Compliance Corner Webinar
What We’re Reading
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No Online “SHOP”ing in Federal Exchanges, Until at Least November

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirmed with NAHU yesterday its plans for an online shopping delay in the states with federally facilitated and partnership Small Business Health Options (SHOP) exchanges. Employers and their agents and brokers will be able to “preview” approved SHOP carriers and plan descriptions... Read More

Ready to Launch?

With the health insurance exchanges opening in just four days, the question on just about every health policy nerd’s mind is if they’ll actually be ready for prime time. With the Obama Administration’s big announcement on Thursday about the delay in the online SHOP exchange applications for the federally facilitated and partnership marketplaces, some are feeling more skeptical than ever... Read More

Cruzing Through the CR

Last week we were all anxiously waiting to see how Speaker Boehner would handle the divide in his party in terms of the Continuing Resolution (CR). As you may remember, passage of a CR by both the House and the Senate by next Monday is needed to prevent a federal government shutdown next Tuesday. Last week, some House Republicans made it clear that they would not vote for a CR that did not include provisions calling for a defunding of the health reform law... Read More

Rating Wars

On Wednesday, the Obama Administration provided the public with its first detailed peak at what the individual insurance coverage premium rates will be when the health insurance exchange marketplaces open next week. According to HHS, for the exchange “benchmark plan,” or the second-lowest-cost “silver plan” in a geographic area, the average premium nationally will be $328 a month for individuals... Read More

The Ins and Outs of a Government Shutdown

The government will run out of money and temporarily shut down if the House and Senate do not pass a joint CR by next Monday night. So what actually happens if the government shuts down and no longer has spending power?... Read More

Compliance Corner Webinar

The United States Supreme Court's June 2013 ruling in the United States v. Windsor case, that overturned a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act, will have a substantial impact on employer-sponsored benefit plans. In recent weeks, several federal agencies have issued key guidance... Read More

What We’re Reading

We’ve got satire, statistics and smoker costs for you this week, among other amusing and interesting items... Read More

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