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January 17, 2014

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Federal Subsidies Survive First Round of Lawsuits
Congress Back in Action
On the Hill Again
Let’s Talk About Risk, Baby
CMS Issues Clarification on Special Enrollment Periods and Hardship Exemptions
Local Help on Healthcare.gov Now Includes Agent and Broker Information
Exchange Watch: Texas and Oregon
What We’re Reading
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Federal Subsidies Survive First Round of Lawsuits

2014 may be here and federal health insurance premium tax credits are being distributed, but the jury is still out whether the federal government is allowed to distribute them in the 36 states that have elected a federally facilitated or partnership exchange. Earlier this week, a D.C. federal judge appointed by former President Bill Clinton ruled that... Read More

Congress Back in Action

Last week, we reported on a transparency bill in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3362 Exchange Information Disclosure Act, introduced by Representative Lee Terry (R-NE) that would require the Obama Administration to publish weekly reports detailing the performance of Healthcare.gov. On Thursday, the House, in a 259-154 vote, passed the Exchange Information Disclosure Act... Read More

On the Hill Again

The Department of Health and Human Services’ frequent testifier parking spot on Capitol Hill was occupied this week as Gary Cohen, director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), was summoned by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Oversight and Investigations panel to answer a few more questions about the federal health insurance exchange implementation on Thursday, January 16... Read More

Let’s Talk About Risk, Baby

This week the news has been a health nerd’s dream, what with terms like risk profile, risk adjustment mechanisms and high risk pools dominating the headlines. It all started when the Obama Administration released its data on the age breakdown of exchange enrollees to-date and had to admit that so far, the population enrolling is trending a little older than expected... Read More

CMS Issues Clarification on Special Enrollment Periods and Hardship Exemptions

The Department of Health and Human Services has certainly received a ton of questions about President Obama’s signature health reform law and while we still have several outstanding questions, HHS was able to clarify when consumers actually qualify for a special enrollment period over a hardship exemption. This clarification comes in response to an influx of questions from agents and brokers... Read More

Local Help on Healthcare.gov Now Includes Agent and Broker Information

For months, we’ve been promised that Healthcare.gov’s local help feature would include links to NAHU chapters across the country and we are finally pleased to report that that feature is now available! Over the past few months, HHS has been collecting member contact information from agent and broker trade groups to post on Healthcare.gov to help consumers find licensed health insurance agents and brokers in their area... Read More

Exchange Watch: Texas and Oregon

Every state has had a unique experience in terms of exchange rollout and some have been more successful than others. To everyone’s surprise, the Oregon exchange, a state-based exchange, has had perhaps the worst launch of all. After two years of work and $100 million, no one has actually been able to enroll in the exchange online and the state is struggling with paper applications... Read More

What We’re Reading

Our best friend, a health economics professor, sent us a funny video about risk sharing to show you this week, but then YouTube went and deleted it! So enjoy all the nerdy stuff this fine Friday!... Read More

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