Medicare and Social Security Reports Released

May 1, 2012

Last week, the Medicare and Social Security Trustees released their annual reports which underscore the growing financial burden both programs pose to the federal budget. The 2012 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds (the Medicare Trustees Report)...

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Feds Seek Input on Catastrophic Health Insurance

May 1, 2012

On May 1, the Internal Revenue Service, the Employee Benefits Security Administration of the Department of Labor and the Department Of Health And Human Services, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a “Request for Information Regarding Stop Loss Insurance,” also known as castrophic health insurance.

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Supreme Court Completes Health Care Law Oral Argument

April 3, 2012

Six hours of oral argument over three days concluded on Wednesday, March 28th, in the Supreme Court in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). On Monday, the Court considered whether the Tax Anti-Injunction Act barred hearing aspects of the case until penalties for not buying health...

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Health Care Arguments Heard by Supreme Court

March 28, 2012

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments over lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court will hear six hours of oral argument over three days commenced set to end today. On Monday, the Court considered whether the Tax Anti-Injunction Act barred hearing aspects of...

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Supreme Court to Take Up Health Care Law Next Week

March 21, 2012

Six hours of oral argument over three days will commence next Monday, March 26, in the U.S. Supreme Court in cases challenging the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Court will consider the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate), Anti-Injunction Act issues, Medicaid issues and severability...

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HHS Releases Rules on Health Exchanges

March 14, 2012

he Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Monday released its final rule to implement the new Affordable Insurance Exchanges including Small Business Health Options Programs under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

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Administration Files Supreme Court Brief on ACA

January 10, 2012

On Jan. 7, 2012, the administration filed its brief in the Supreme Court defending the constitutionality of the minimum coverage requirement provision (also called the individual mandate)of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In its brief, the administration argued that Congress had authority under the Commerce and Necessary and Proper clauses...

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NSBA President Testifies on Health Insurance Tax Credit

November 16, 2011

National Small Business Association (NSBA) President Todd McCracken testified on Tuesday, Nov. 15 before the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight on the small-business tax credit as passed under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). In his testimony, McCracken pointed to various problems with the tax credit, including its complexity,...

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