Administration Expects “Modest” SHOP Enrollment Numbers

The Obama Administration has been telling reporters that it only expects “modest” enrollment figures for the federal Small business Health Option Program (SHOP) exchanges in 2014, according to reports.  The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) attributes this primarily to the HealthCare.gov failings and the fact that the website will be down until later… Read more »

Lawmakers Request Information on Navigators Program

House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and Oversight Subcommittee Chairman Charles Boustany (R-LA) sent a letter this week to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius seeking answers to several questions about the “navigators” provision in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Brady and Boustany said they have concerns related to the… Read more »

UPDATED: Author of Health Care Reform Expresses Concern Over Impact on Business

UPDATE: In a press release, Senator Baucus clarifies his train wreck remark to say that he did not in any way mean the law, but the Administration’s implementation and education. To say he is the author of the Affordable Care Act may be a slight exaggeration, but Senator Max Baucus was a major influence on… Read more »

Administration Hedges on Co-ops

Although it has been hinted at for weeks, this Sunday the Obama administration made its biggest hedge of support for the “public plan”.  On CNN’s State of the Union Sunday night, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said the public plan “is not the essential element” to health care reform for the… Read more »