Washington Update

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.

Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control Holds Hearing on Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

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On May 14, the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control held a hearing prompted by the upswing in prescription drugs and heroin abuse.

Senate Likely to Approve Burwell to Head HHS

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Approval of Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s nominee to head the Department of Health and Human Services, appears all but assured after a bipartisan group of senators on two key committees endorsed her nomination.

Congressional Resources - June 2014

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