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April 18, 2014

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Party at the White House
Could a New Census Skew Enrollment Numbers?
Open Enrollment Comes to a Close, Again
National Infant Immunization Week: April 26-May 3
Calling All Volunteers
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Party at the White House

When President Obama and Vice President Biden weren't taking selfies and joining Instagram this week, they were meeting with state insurance commissioners and health insurance industry executives. While those who attended have kept their lips tightly sealed as to what was discussed in the meetings, we did learn a few details... Read More

Could a New Census Skew Enrollment Numbers?

For decades the U.S. Census Bureau has been the authoritative source of health insurance coverage data, but it looks like it's about to change how it collects information, which could have an impact on future data results. The survey questions the Census Bureau uses to collect information from here on out are going to be much different than they have been in the past. So much so that the new findings won't be comparable to past findings, which will make it difficult to see how much, if any, change is attributable to the health reform law and how much to the use of a new survey instrument. Brett J. O'Hara, chief of the health statistics branch at the Census Bureau, says that they "are expecting much lower numbers just because of the questions and how they are asked."... Read More

Open Enrollment Comes to a Close, Again

On April 15 all tax returns should have been filed and, for approximately 8 million Americans, health insurance enrollment applications should have been submitted. Citing popular demand and website complications, the Administration announced a two-week extension to the March 31 enrollment deadline for people meeting very broad criteria. Every state across the country, in the wake of the Administration's announcement, also granted some sort of extension. The federal government and every state, with the exception of the District of Columbia, have used April 15, 2014, as a hard deadline for insurance enrollment... Read More

National Infant Immunization Week: April 26-May 3

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is taking place this year from April 26 to May 3, 2014. Designed to raise awareness about the benefits of immunizations for children aged two years and younger against vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), NIIW is an excellent opportunity to remind employees about scheduling pediatric wellness visits for their children. While childhood immunizations are an important need, they can be easily overlooked. A recent published study showed a trend towards missed or delayed childhood immunizations... Read More

Calling All Volunteers

Are you a health nerd? Do you have a few hours to spare each month? Would it bother you if your Washington Update authors, other NAHU staff and your fellow most nerdy NAHU members called and emailed you occasionally to chat about policy topics? Maybe pick your brain a bit and convince you to work on fascinating projects (for example, provide edits and input on NAHU position statements and comment letters). If this all sounds like fun for you, perhaps you would like to be a member of NAHU’s National Legislative Council or one of its supporting committees or working groups. Click here for the application... Read More

What We're Reading

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