Monthly Archives: January 2013

Infrastructure Alert – January 29, 2013

The current International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and U.S. Maritime Alliance (USMX) contract extension expires at the end of February 6.  Carrier-paid container royalties remain the central issue in the negotiation.  Dockworker contracts were originally set to expire September 30, 2012,

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Posted in Articles, earmarks, FEMA, gas tax, Highway Trust Fund, sequestration, TIFIA, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 23, 2013

In the past week, the health insurance exchanges were rebranded as “health insurance marketplaces;” HHS extended the deadline for states to opt into administering their own marketplaces and announced $1.5 billion in new grants to states for building them; and

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Posted in ACA, Affordable Care Act, Articles, Children's Health Insurance Programs, CHIP, CMS, Health Care Reform Implementation Updates, health insurance marketplaces, HHS, HIPAA, Medicaid, Washington, D.C.

Infrastructure Alert – January 15, 2013

   The $50.7 billion Hurricane Sandy relief package is currently being debated in the House.  Monday night, the Rules Committee approved 13 amendments for floor consideration.  After neglecting to schedule a vote on an aid package that had been approved

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Posted in Articles, FEMA, Highway Trust Fund, National Flood Insurance Program, NFIP, NHTSA, Panama Canal, Washington, D.C.

Health Care Reform Implementation Update – January 14, 2013

  The Obama administration gave eight more states conditional approval to operate health insurance exchanges, bringing the total number of fully or partially approved exchanges to 20; HHS approved 106 new accountable care organizations; and Congress reached a deal on

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Fiscal Cliff Deal and Healthcare: 3-Point Bulletin

On January 1, President Obama signed the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 into law to prevent the country from going over the proverbial “fiscal cliff.”  What are the main effects on healthcare of the fiscal cliff deal? The fiscal

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Infrastructure Alert – January 3, 2013

  The 112th Congress adjourned before voting on any Hurricane Sandy relief bill. Although the Senate passed a $60.4 billion relief bill, the House did not hold a vote on it nor the Republican-backed alternative $27 billion bill.  After the

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