New Regs Aim to Confront High Health Costs

May 24, 2011

According to a report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Health Research Institute, medical costs are expected to increase by 8.5 percent in 2012, up from eight percent in 2011.However, with health plan benefit design changes, employers are expected to limit their health increases to approximately seven percent. Three factors are accelerating the health care costs, including: consolidations...


Health Care Review

May 18, 2011

Keeping with the ongoing trend, health care continues to make headlines with a variety of new developments within the last week. NSBA has been busy with the unveiling on March 18 of an updated Health Care Reform Today and Tomorrow Web site and also has weighed-in on the establishment of essential health...


Health Care on the Hill

March 23, 2011

Congress’ recess this week is providing most Democrats the opportunity to promote the health care law’s one-year anniversary in their districts. Thus, Capitol Hill is reprieved this week of the partisan health care reform rancor that has come to dominate the 112th Congress, namely the series of hearings that the House and...


Health Care Rundown

March 9, 2011

The 2010 health care law continues to be a focal point for Congress and the administration. With the one year anniversary of its passage approaching, there are several health care reform happenings to highlight. Defunding Reform House and Senate Democrats are busy planning and promoting the law’s anniversary later this...


Bill to Lower Health Costs for Self-Employed

March 8, 2011

Having been a long-standing priority, NSBA applauds the introduction of the Equity for Our Nation’s Self-Employed Act of 2011 (H.R. 880), legislation that would end a significant inequity within the tax code that penalizes self-employed Americans and makes it increasingly difficult to afford quality health coverage. Introduced on March 2, by Reps....


House Republicans Push Health Care Agenda

February 15, 2011

Republican leadership in the House of Representatives continues to fulfill campaign promises on health care reform, including attacking funding for the new health care law, holding oversight hearings, and marking-up replacement legislation. House Republicans have used the expiring continuing resolution and pending legislation to fund the government for the remainder...


Health Care Review

February 1, 2011

U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Florida Judge Roger Vinson issued a Jan. 31 ruling on the lawsuit against the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) brought by 26 states and the National Federation of Independent Business. Judge Vinson ruled that PPACA’s individual mandate to purchase insurance is not...


House Hearing on Medical Malpractice Reform

January 25, 2011

The House Judiciary Committee held its first hearing of the 112th Congress on the relationship between medical malpractice liability and health care costs. The hearing commences the process for committees of jurisdiction to report alternative legislation to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The Jan. 20 hearing focused...


House to Vote on Health Care Repeal

January 19, 2011

The House of Representatives is revisiting the previously delayed debate and vote on repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) this week. The House is scheduled to vote late-afternoon Jan. 19 on the Repealing the Job-Killing Health Care Law Act (H.R. 2) followed by a Jan. 20 vote on H. Res 9 –...


New Year Health Care Round-Up

January 5, 2011

The 111th Congress can easily be defined as one dominated by a contentious, prolonged health care reform debate. Even so, despite the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) in March 2010, health care policy will remain a top priority in the 112th Congress. Members of Congress on both sides of...