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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – September 3, 2013

There is only one week left of Congress’ summer recess. While the members have been in their home districts, the agencies in Washington have been finalizing Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations on everything from the individual mandate to eligibility appeals,

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 26, 2013

In response to security concerns about personal information in the health insurance exchanges, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new security agreement for the data hubs where this information will be stored. Opposition to the Affordable

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 19, 2013

With less than 50 days until open enrollment begins, tensions in Washington and around the country are high among health care stakeholders.  Businesses, individuals and even some in the government are concerned about whether all the pieces of the Affordable

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – August 12, 2013

The House Energy and Commerce Committee voted unanimously on legislation that would repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that has historically led to annual decreases in physician payments that are fixed at the last minute each year; the Centers

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 30, 2013

Some Republicans are threatening not to pass any debt ceiling deal that does not defund the Affordable Care Act and Democrats say they will not pass any deal that does; the full House Energy and Commerce Committee is slated to

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 23, 2013

With only two weeks before Congress’ August recess and just a little more than two months before October open enrollment begins, Washington is busy sorting through, implementing and, in some cases, fighting the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Department of

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 16, 2013

Affordable Care Act Takes Ones Step Back: Employer Mandate Delayed Until 2015 Business Relieved; Congress Seeks Answers, Seeks Similar Relief for Individuals Capitol Hill and the agencies went back and forth last week on the impact and consideration involved in

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – July 3, 2013

The Obama administration announced yesterday it was delaying the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) Employer Mandate, which requires employers with 50 or more full-time workers to provide affordable health insurance to its employees or pay a fine; the House Committee on

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – June 27, 2013

The countdown is on now. Less than 100 days until the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) main provisions go into effect, and Organizing for Action and Enroll America kicked outreach efforts to the uninsured into high gear last week. Also in the past

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Health Care Reform Implementation Update – June 4, 2013

Medicare Trustees released their annual report finding that the Medicare trust fund will be exhausted in 2026, two years later than was predicted last year; over the past two weeks, as Washington has investigated the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) use

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