New Rule Allows Health Plans to Switch Insurers

DORCHESTER - APRIL 05:  Dominique Entzminger, a physician assistant of family medicine, wears a stethoscope during an examination at the Codman Square Health Center April 5, 2006 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. State lawmakers approved a health care reform bill March 4 that would make Massachusetts the first state in the nation to require all its citizens have some form of health insurance. Governor Mitt Romney is scheduled to sign the bill next week.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Proposed and interim final rules issued yesterday by the Obama administration will now allow employers to change insurance plans and not lose their grandfathered status so long as they maintain current benefits, according to the Bureau of National Affairs.  The rules will be published in Wednesday’s Federal Register. Prior to the new rules, employers could… Read more »

Senator Baucus Calls for 1099 Repeal

Sen. Max Baucus, D-MT, speaks during a news conference to discuss how to improve The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, signed into law yesterday by U.S. President Barack Obama, on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 24, 2010.  UPI/Roger L. Wollenberg Photo via Newscom

Senator Max Baucus (D-MT), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, pledged on Friday to introduce legislation that would repeal the expanded 1099 reporting requirement contained in the health care bill, according to the National Journal. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) contained a provision (passed by the Senate Finance Committee) that would expand… Read more »

Democrats Open to Revisiting Health Care Law

DENVER - OCTOBER 05: U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) meets with an aide at his campaign headquarters on October 5, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Bennet is in a tough election fight against Republican challenger and Tea Party favorite Ken Buck. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

A Democratic freshman member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee said Tuesday that the Senate will likely take another look at revisions to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) said in an interview with NPR that he thought Senate Democrats would look into making some… Read more »

Administration Posts Fourth FAQ on Grandfathered Plans

VALLEJO, CA - AUGUST 11: Vials of Tdap vaccinations sit on a table during the Solano County health fair August 11, 2010 in Vallejo, California. California medical officials are urging California residents to get booster shots for whooping cough as the state is in the midst of the largest outbreak in over fifty years. Close to 1,500 cases of whooping cough have been reported this year, including six cases that resulted in deaths of children under three years old. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

The Department of Labor this week posted their fourth FAQ on the implementation of the “grandfathered plan” rule in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  You can see a summary of the third FAQ on our website. The FAQ addresses three questions regarding how an employer plan can maintain its grandfathered status despite making… Read more »

HHS Helping Create Health Care Exchange Prototypes

WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 23: U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius (2ndL) speaks as Jim Houser (L), a small business owner from Oregon, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) (2ndR), and Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) listen during a news conference September 23, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senate Democrats held the news conference to announce the implementation of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Fears over the high cost of creating and running the state-based health care exchanges has prompted the Department of Health and Human Services to fund the creation of exchange prototypes. Dubbed “Early Innovators”, the program will select five state proposals to create an exchange and grant an unspecified amount of money to them to help… Read more »