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February 14, 2014

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Enrollment Numbers Chugging Along
Final(ly) Employer Mandate Rules
Exchange Updates Abound
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Enrollment Numbers Chugging Along

It’s always good to set the bar high for yourself for motivational purposes, but if the bar is too high and you don’t account properly for inevitable setbacks, problems can ensue. The Obama Administration set its exchange enrollment target number at 7 million by March 31, and while the latest enrollment figures put the Administration much closer than previously thought possible given all of the technological setbacks, the bar might be ultimately a bit too high to reach... Read More

Final(ly) Employer Mandate Rules

On Monday, February 10, the Department of Treasury released the final rules on compliance with the employer shared responsibility requirements under the health-reform law, which is often referred to as the law’s employer mandate provisions. The rules will take effect generally on January 1, 2015, and was published in the Federal Register on February 12... Read More

Exchange Updates Abound

The Obama Administration continues to work on the website, including this weekend when a scheduled maintenance effort will take down a key component of the system—the data hub that verifies identity and income information. Healthcare.gov itself won’t be down, but people won’t be able to finalize enrollments from 3 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Tuesday. If you are trying to get coverage effective March 1, this shutdown comes at a very bad time... Read More

What We're Reading

Health policy articles are read, if not we are blue. Dear Washington Update readers, we love you!  Happy St. Valentine’s Day from Jessica and Laura!... Read More

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