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November 15, 2013

 

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Amid the Healthcare Whirlwind, NAHUís Voice is Heard
If You Like What You Have, You Might Be Able To Keep It Next Year, Maybe
Not To Be Outdone, The House Acts Too
Enrollment Numbers Arenít Rolling In As Planned
Techies Turn to Testify
NAHU Knows Self-Funding
Capitol Conference Registration is Open!
What We're Reading
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Amid the Healthcare Whirlwind, NAHUís Voice is Heard

It's been quite a week in the world of health insurance policy. Finally, even the president is admitting "you know, buying health insurance is never going to be like buying a song on iTunes. You know, it’s just a much more complicated transaction.”... Read More

If You Like What You Have, You Might Be Able To Keep It Next Year, Maybe

Yesterday, President Obama held a White House Press briefing to announce a transitional policy to make it up to consumers who have or will be losing the health insurance coverage they have today despite his famous campaign pledge that consumers would be able to choose to keep their policies. He outlined a plan under which health insurers may choose to continue coverage to individuals and small businesses that would otherwise be terminated or cancelled... Read More

Not To Be Outdone, The House Acts Too

Today, the House passed H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI). The bill would permit insurers to continue to offer current health insurance coverage to individuals and small businesses outside of health insurance exchanges during 2014 without complying with additional insurance market reforms... Read More

Enrollment Numbers Arenít Rolling In As Planned

The i’s are dotted, the t’s are crossed and only 106,185 people have enrolled in an exchange insurance plan, according to a 28-page HHS Issue Brief released on Wednesday. This 106,000 number falls short of the Administration’s September prediction of 464,920 enrollees and includes enrollments in both state and federal exchanges and those who have paid a premium and those who have not... Read More

Techies Turn to Testify

Just days after the launch of healthcare.gov, the government contractors responsible for designing the website kicked off what has turned into a never ending series of Congressional hearings. During the first hearing before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the contractors, for the most part, claimed that their parts of the website were running correctly and that their client (The Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services) was to blame for not doing enough end-to-end testing... Read More

NAHU Knows Self-Funding

On Thursday, November 14, NAHU Legislative Council member Robin Frick was invited to speak before the U.S. House Small Business Committee's subcommittee on Health and Technology about self-funded health plan options for small employers. Robin did a fantastic job explaining how the self-funded and stop-loss marketplaces work... Read More

Capitol Conference Registration is Open!

It’s that time again! Online registration is now open for Capitol Conference 2014 and we invite you to register today! With health reform implementation in full swing, business and individual healthcare consumers aren't the only ones who truly need the advice of licensed health insurance professionals... Read More

What We're Reading

Quite frankly we are a little overwhelmed with all the political developments this week and really just want to tune out with People magazine. But we did find a few health policy gems for you... Read More

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