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December 20, 2013

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Clean-Up on the Health Reform Aisle
Investigator Issa Takes on Navigators
The Commissioners Are Concerned
Healthcare.gov Gets a New Leader
Payment Due: January 10, 2014
Remember to Register for the January Compliance Corner
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Clean-Up on the Health Reform Aisle

The Obama Administration announced more last-minute rule changes for individuals and small businesses seeking coverage this week, in an attempt to provide relief to those who may not have access to coverage immediately in 2014 due to health reform law implementation issues. The most significant announcement was made late yesterday afternoon... Read More

Investigator Issa Takes on Navigators

This week, members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee traveled to North Texas to hear testimony on how navigators are certified and overseen in light of new allegations that some have broken program rules and encouraged tax fraud. Five members of the Texas Congressional delegation joined Chairman Darrell Issa... Read More

The Commissioners Are Concerned

Insurers and health insurance agents and brokers aren’t the only ones worried about how the health insurance implementation glitches will impact the overall functionality of our private market healthcare delivery system—state insurance commissioners are too. At the winter meeting of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) held in Washington, DC... Read More

Healthcare.gov Gets a New Leader

Jeff Zients is out and Kurt DelBene is in. On Tuesday, President Barack Obama tapped Kurt DelBene, the former head of Microsoft Business Division, Microsoft Exchange and, most recently, the popular Microsoft Office suite, to take over Healthcare.gov operations while Jeff Zients scoots over to become the director of the National Economic Council. Are you scratching your head over the DelBene name?... Read More

Payment Due: January 10, 2014

On Wednesday, America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) announced that the board of the largest organization representing health insurance carriers has agreed that Americans should have until January 10 to pay their premium bill for coverage that will begin on January 1 and insurers should give their enrollees a grace period. AHIP made clear that it is not compelling all its members to abide by the change... Read More

Remember to Register for the January Compliance Corner

NAHU will hold a free one-hour compliance corner webinar for members on Thursday, January 9 at 1:00 pm Eastern, so make sure you sign-up today. This presentation will discuss the types of plans that are subject to an audit by the Department of Labor, what prompts a DOL audit... Read More

What We’re Reading

Here are some reads to tide you over till the New Year. Your Washington Update authors will be on vacation next week, but we wish you peace and happiness during this joyous season, at least in your home life. We know that peace and joy in the health insurance business is hard to find this time of year, and this year in particular!... Read More

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