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April 25, 2014


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Comments Submitted on Proposed Exchange and Market-Reform Rule
CMS Unveils SHOP Calculators and Announces a SEP for PCIP Enrollees
HHS Officials Drop Like Flies and Enrollment Numbers Rise
Thirty-Eight Members of Congress Sue over Subsidies
Midterm Elections Preview
Next Week in Washington
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Comments Submitted on Proposed Exchange and Market-Reform Rule

We had a holiday last weekend, so you know what that means in the health policy world: a comment deadline for a significant health-reform regulation! Originally, official comments on the proposed rule titled "PPACA: Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond" were due on Easter Sunday, but the Obama Administration graciously moved the deadline to the following day. NAHU sent CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner a detailed letter on behalf of our members detailing our views on a wide range of items addressed in the proposed rule...  Read More

CMS Unveils SHOP Calculators and Announces a SEP for PCIP Enrollees

Six months after the health insurance exchanges across the country opened, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services finally developed two tools intended to help small businesses in states with a federally facilitated marketplace count full-time employees and estimate the small business tax credit. The full-time employee calculator is supposed to help employers determine if they are eligible to enroll in SHOP coverage...  Read More

HHS Officials Drop Like Flies and Enrollment Numbers Rise

Minutes after the Obama Administration announced that health insurance exchange enrollment numbers hit 8 million, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced her resignation. This week, Jonathan Blum, the second in command at CMS, announced that he will also be resigning from his post next month. Danielle Moon, the leader of the CMS division that oversees the private Medicare Advantage program, is also saying farewell...  Read More

Thirty-Eight Members of Congress Sue over Subsidies

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) is leading the challenge against the Obama Administration over a rule released last summer that allows the federal government to subsidize health insurance for lawmakers and some congressional staffers. So far, the senator has 38 GOP supporters including Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), John McCain (R-AZ), Saxby Chambliss (R-GA), Mark Kirk (R-Ill) and Tim Scott (R-SC) and Representatives Marsha Blackburn (R-TN.) and Tom Cotton (R-AK). The lawsuit, which was brought before the U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Wisconsin, challenges the federal Office of Personnel Management...  Read More

Midterm Elections Preview

The 2014 midterm elections are just around the corner. More so than the 2010 midterms or President Obama’s 2012 reelection, this election could be a referendum on the law. Unlike in the previous two national elections, this year voters will have had a chance to learn how health reform impacts them personally. While pundits have had the chance to talk about the law for the past four years, until now, consumers haven’t been able to experience it... Read More

Next Week in Washington

Congress will return next week after a two-week recess. The House is scheduled to be in session for two weeks before recessing the week of May 12, and the Senate is scheduled to be in session for four weeks before recessing the week of Memorial Day (May 26). During this work period, the Senate is expected to take up the nomination of Sylvia Mathews Burwell as secretary of HHS... Read More

What We're Reading

From dirty money to the unrelated reconstruction of the GOP, we've got you covered for interesting things to click on when you're bored this weekend...  Read More

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