ADEA Washington Update

All Eyes on the Student Loan Debate in Congress

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 There has been a flurry of legislation proposing solutions to the pending doubling of some student loan interest rates on July 1, 2013. Unless Congress acts soon, the interest rate on federal student loans will increase from 3.4% to 6.8%. Below is a comprehensive summary of legislation introduced as of this publication:

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House of Representatives Votes to Repeal the Affordable Care Act

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The House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act for the 37th time. The 37th effort to dismantle the act passed 229 to 195. All Republicans voted for the repeal, and two Democrats voted with the Republicans. House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) told reporters that while some have characterized the House’s repeated votes to... Click Here To Read More

House Holds Hearing on the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight

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The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations held a hearing on “The Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) and the Implementation of the... Click Here To Read More

U.S. Department of Education Will Not Appeal Gainful Employment Rule

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The U.S. Department of Education (the Department) has decided not to appeal a federal judge’s decision that blocked key provisions of the gainful employment rule before it took effect. Last June, Judge Rudolph Contreras struck them down in response to a legal challenge from the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the... Click Here To Read More

A Challenge to the Affordable Care Act Returns to Court

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Liberty University’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act will return to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia; the school is focused on returning the law to the United States Supreme Court.

Liberty’s lawsuit encompasses everything from contraceptive coverage to the employer mandate. Liberty asserts that the individual... Click Here To Read More

House Appropriation Committee Approves Spending Cap Set by Sequestration

Funding, Legislation | Permanent link

The House Appropriations Committee approved, by a voice vote, an amended spending plan that would adhere to the overall $967 billion spending cap set by sequestration, but would exceed the individual suballocation for defense and provide for more cuts to domestic programs.

The 302(b) allocations would provide $522 billion for... Click Here To Read More

Three Senate Health Leaders Announce Their Retirement

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Three Senate Democrats who are pivotal on health issues have announced their retirement: Sens. Max Baucus (D-MT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and John D. Rockefeller IV (D-WV). Health advocates are beginning to assess the potential impact of their departures on the United States’ health care policy. Over the past three decades, the three senators have... Click Here To Read More

Emergency Room Visits Due to Dental Problems on the Rise

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The number of emergency room visits due to dental problems nearly doubled in the United States in a 10-year period, according to a report by the American Dental Association. The report states that visits related to dental problems grew from... Click Here To Read More

Immigrant Students May Be Eligible for Title IV Benefits Under Proposed Immigration Bill

Legislation, Education | Permanent link

Sen. Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) introduced an amendment to the Senate’s proposed Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act, S. 744. The amendment added language to a pending immigration bill that would extend federal student loans, work-study funds, and other federal support to students who are in the United States... Click Here To Read More

House Education Committee Members Ask for Stakeholder Input on Higher Education Act Reauthorization

Legislation, Education | Permanent link

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce are seeking comments from the public in preparation for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA) which is expected to begin in early 2014.

The Committee penned a Click Here To Read More