White House Issues Review of Existing Regulations

President Obama yesterday ordered all federal agencies to conduct a review of current federal regulations to ensure they are still effective and do not burden the private sector.  The media portrayed the move as an attempt by the White House to repair their relationship with the business community while striving to maintain good government practices…. Read more »

CT Association Executive to Lead State’s Efforts on Health Care

Connecticut’s Governor-Elect Dan Malloy has named Jeannette DeJesús as the head of the state’s efforts to comply with the federal health care reform law.  DeJesús’ official title will be Deputy Public Health Commissioner and special advisor to the governor on health care, and her position will be a cabinet-level position. Ms. DeJesús is currently the… Read more »

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 »