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March 28, 2014

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Landrieu Introduces Exchange Fix Legislation Focusing on Brokers
HHS Decides to Wiggle It (Just A Little Bit)
SGR Silver Lining--Bill Contains Deductible Cap Repeal
PPACA Goes to Court...Again
House to Vote on 40 Hour Bill
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Landrieu Introduces Exchange Fix Legislation Focusing on Brokers

As regular readers know, NAHU has actively been urging the Obama Administration to make several simple but necessary fixes to the exchange enrollment process since the start of open enrollment. In addition to almost daily calls with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)... Read More

HHS Decides to Wiggle It (Just A Little Bit)

Just a few weeks after publicly declaring that she does not have the statutory authority to extend the health reform law's open enrollment date for 2014, federal Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius decided this week that she does have the authority to give those trying to enroll before the deadline a little bit of wiggle room. On Wednesday... Read More

SGR Silver Lining--Bill Contains Deductible Cap Repeal

Debates over the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), the formula created to control spending by Medicare on physician services, have plagued Congress for decades. Both Democrats and Republicans would like to permanently repeal and replace the current SGR formula, which mandates regular cuts to Medicare providers, but as you can imagine, they cannot agree on how to actually pay for it, resulting in regular short-term patch bills... Read More

PPACA Goes to Court...Again

It was a busy week in the health reform world; on top of all the legislative action and the extension announcement, two of PPACA’s more controversial provisions were heard in federal court. First, the Obama Administration once again had to defend the law’s contraceptive coverage mandate against claims that it infringes... Read More

House to Vote on 40 Hour Bill

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on H.R. 2575, the Save America’s Workers Act of 2013, originally offered by Representative Todd Young (R-IN) on Thursday of next week. The bill will reinstate traditional labor standards by changing the definition of a full-time employee from 30 hours to 40 hours... Read More

What We're Reading

This weekend we'll be hanging with the commissioners and mostly squinting at this scintillating document.  But if we get the chance, we plan to sneak out into the Florida sunshine and catch up on some reading. We highly recommend that you do too!... Read More

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