Washington Update

Negotiations Continue on Appropriations as December Deadline Looms

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With the federal government currently funded by a continuing resolution that is set to expire on December 11, there is a raft of political maneuvering in Congress over whether to pass an omnibus spending bill for the current fiscal year or to simply maintain current funding with another stopgap continuing resolution.

Congressional Resources—December 2014

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Congressional Resources—November 2014

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House Bill Extends Availability of Non-Compliant ACA Insurance Plans

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The House of Representatives has passed an amendment to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that extends to five years the time insurers can continue to sell group health plans that don’t meet the criteria established under the ACA.

Congressional Resources—October 2014

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Appeals Courts Hand Down Opposing Rulings on ACA Subsidies

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Two federal appeals courts have issued opposing rulings on the legality of subsidies for most insurance premiums purchased through the federal insurance marketplace or federally run state exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The clashing decisions are likely to set up a showdown on the issue this fall in the Supreme Court of the United States.

Senate Committee Seeks Advice on Better Use of Health Care Data

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The Senate Finance Committee, a key congressional body charged with implementing health care reform, is requesting input to improve health care data transparency from a wide variety of stakeholders.

CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed “Meaningful Use” Rules

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In May, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a proposed rule that would give health care providers additional time to comply with guidelines for demonstrating their meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs).

Congressional Resources—July 2014

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Sen. Warren Introduces Student Loan Refinancing Bill

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On May 6, Sen. Elizabeth Warren introduced legislation to permit borrowers with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the lower interest rates currently offered to new student borrowers.
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