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February 21, 2014

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NAHUís 24th Annual Capitol Conference Is Next Week
New Rules on 90-Day Wait
Congress Donít Forget About Part D
Subsidy Suits Still Not Over
What Weíre Reading
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NAHUís 24th Annual Capitol Conference Is Next Week

Almost 900 NAHU members will be on hand here in Washington, DC, next week for our 24th annual all member fly-in to Capitol Hill. The theme of this year’s Capitol Conference is “Agents of Change—Seizing the Opportunity.” And what an opportunity we have at hand. More than 300 visits with members of Congress have been scheduled by our members and there is a great line-up of speakers and educational breakout sessions for conference attendees... Read More

New Rules on 90-Day Wait

On Thursday, February 20, the Obama Administration released new rules from the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services regarding the health reform law’s ban on employer plan waiting periods that exceed 90 days. This provision of the law applies to employers of all sizes and all plan types, including grandfathered and self-funded plans, and takes effect on the first day of the new plan year in 2014... Read More

Congress Donít Forget About Part D

We at the Washington Update are all about starting the New Year off right, but our friends at the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) don’t always have the same idea. Back in early January, CMS released a proposed rule on private Medicare plan options and, among many things, agent compensation for selling and serving Part D prescription drug products was mentioned at length... Read More

Subsidy Suits Still Not Over

This week a federal judge in Virginia ruled in favor of the Obama Administration with regard to the issue of distributing exchange-based subsidies. This decision comes closely on the heels of another one last month, when a D.C. federal court ruled that, despite unclear legislative language, the federal government does indeed have the authority to grant subsidies to lower income Americans to help them purchase private health insurance coverage in both federally facilitated and state-run exchanges due to the health reform law... Read More

What Weíre Reading

We’ve mostly been proofreading the Capitol Conference agenda, but we did find a few gems for you this week... Read More

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