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March 7, 2014

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Seventy-Five Members of Congress Sent Secretary Sebelius a Letter on Agent Exchange Issues!
Treasury Department Releases Final Reporting Rules
The Medicare Rule No One Likes
If You Like Your Health Plan You Can Keep It, Until 2017, Maybe
Schulman Testifies Before House Small Business Subcommittee
President Obama Releases His Budget
Capitol Conference AttendeesóWe Need Your Help
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Seventy-Five Members of Congress Sent Secretary Sebelius a Letter on Agent Exchange Issues!

Thanks to all of your hard work during Capitol Conference and beyond, the letter written by Representatives John Carney (D-DE) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) to HHS Secretary Sebelius urging her to make some simple but necessary fixes to Healthcare.gov on behalf of agents and brokers was a success!... Read More

Treasury Department Releases Final Reporting Rules

On Wednesday evening, the Treasury Department and the IRS released the long-awaited final regulations on what health plan information all employers will be required to report to the federal government annually for enforcement of both the health reform law's individual and employer mandates... Read More

The Medicare Rule No One Likes

Comments are due today on the Obama Administration's proposed rule to transform the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Program. As it turns out, NAHU isn't the only organization none too thrilled about the Administration's ideas for change. Among other things, the regulation eliminates choices for seniors, raises seniors’ premiums and drug costs and does great harm to agent commissions... Read More

If You Like Your Health Plan You Can Keep It, Until 2017, Maybe

Does this headline sound familiar? It should. Last November the Obama Administration announced that if your individual or small group health plan was due to be cancelled in 2014 as a result of the essential health benefit benchmarks and other market reform requirements imposed by PPACA you would be able to keep it, for a little while and as long as your state insurance commissioner and the carriers in your state said it was ok... Read More

Schulman Testifies Before House Small Business Subcommittee

Once again, a member of NAHU was called to testify before Congress, this time about the impact PPACA is having on the self-employed. Long-time HUPAC Board of Trustees member Alan Schulman of Rockville, Maryland, testified on behalf of NAHU and our coalition partner, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CACH), before the House Small Business Subcommittee on Contracting and the Workforce... Read More

President Obama Releases His Budget

On Tuesday, President Obama sent Congress a $3.9 trillion budget request for Fiscal Year 2015, which starts on October 1. The budget proposal is quite ambitious and probably dead on arrival in Congress as it contains a smorgasbord of liberal policy ideas, including a more generous tax credit for the working poor... Read More

Capitol Conference AttendeesóWe Need Your Help

If you attended NAHU’s Capitol Conference last week, thank you so much for your participation. We have two little favors to ask of you! First of all, if you haven’t responded to the meeting survey request, please take a minute and search through your email box for a message from NAHU Meetings... Read More

What We're Reading

It’s Friday and we’ve got some fun ones for you, our friends!... Read More

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