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November 8, 2013

 

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Everyone Has to Say They’re Sorry…
Same Song, Different Day
What’s Going on with Grandfathered Plans?
Our Hopes and Dreams Concerning Employer Reporting
What Makes MEC
What We're Reading
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Everyone Has to Say They’re Sorry…

Even the president of the United States has to apologize occasionally. In the wake of the insurance carriers issuing thousands of cancellation notices, congressional Republicans have been hammering the president and his Administration on his oft-repeated campaign promise “If you like your health plan, you can keep it..." Read More

Same Song, Different Day

Last week, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee and CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner took the stand before the House Ways and Means Committee. This week, health reform’s leading ladies testified before the Senate Finance Committee and the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee -- separately, of course...  Read More

What’s Going on with Grandfathered Plans?

Perhaps the hottest PPACA topic this week in DC has been grandfathered plans. In the last month, thousands of Americans with individual coverage have received cancellation notices in the mail. These notices generally inform consumers that, due to PPACA benchmark requirements, their current health insurance plan will no longer be offered as of January 1, 2014...  Read More

Our Hopes and Dreams Concerning Employer Reporting

Today, NAHU submitted a comment letter to the IRS outlining our views on two proposed rules concerning information reporting requirements for certain employers and insurers designed to help enforce the individual and employer mandates...  Read More

What Makes MEC

Last week, as a little Halloween gift, CMS released an analysis of what constitutes “minimum essential coverage” for the purposes of individual mandate compliance and employer shared responsibility penalties. Personally, we would have preferred a York Peppermint Patty (full size), but concede that this guidance is both more useful and better for our waistline... Read More

What We're Reading
Normally we don’t go for subpoenaed documents, but we’re finding the HHS war room notes fascinating... Read More
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