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November 1, 2013

 

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We’re Off To See The Wizard!
All We Want For Christmas Is A Functioning Website
Remember, Actions Have Consequences
Use It or Lose Some of It
What We’re Reading
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We’re Off To See The Wizard!

Unfortunately, we did not see the wonderful Wizard of Oz, but the wizard behind the Affordable Care Act. Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday, the same day that President Obama gave his speech on PPACA in Boston, Massachusetts. The two however, had very different messages. Secretary Sebelius apologized to the infamous monkey court for all the issues with the healthcare.gov website saying, “You deserve better. I apologize. I’m accountable to you for fixing these problems and I’m committed to earning your confidence back by fixing the site.”... Read More

All We Want For Christmas Is A Functioning Website

Secretary Sebelius was not the only high-ranking Obama Administration official to appear before the monkey court this week. (We assume Representative Pallone meant all of Congress when creating one of our favorite lines to ever air on C-SPAN.) On Tuesday, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner testified before the House Ways and Means Committee. Tavenner was in for a grueling hearing since the contractors tasked with developing the technology for healthcare.gov essentially threw her under the bus during their hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee... Read More

Remember, Actions Have Consequences

For every day that healthcare.gov remains marginally functional, it seems like a new lawmaker calls for either a delay of the individual mandate, an extension of the individual market open enrollment period or both. This week the Administration issued guidance indicating that they will not penalized anyone who enrolls right up to March 31, which was a change from earlier policy that indicated coverage had to be in force by March 31. But many lawmakers are suggesting that’s just not enough... Read More

Use It or Lose Some of It

For years, NAHU has been supporting both legislative and regulatory efforts to lift the restrictions on Health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) that required account holders to spend all funds set aside for qualified healthcare expenses within one tax year, which is commonly known as the “use-it-or-lose-it” provision. We are very pleased to announce that last night the Department of Treasury released guidance showing how the department has modified the “use-it-or-lose-it” rule related to Flexible Spending Accounts... Read More

What We’re Reading

Finger pointing, spoofs and shameless self-promotion. Who wouldn’t want to read what we are reading this week?... Read More

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