OIC intends to hold hearings on association health plan transition and small employer coverage. Interesting strategy to hold hearings on rules the Insurance Commissioner adopted as emergency rules a week ago. So, the public hearing on the same rules that have already been adopted and put into effect on October 26, 2013 will happen as planned with an adoption date of November 8.

Naturally, the new rules cripple associations or what’s left of them. It’s one way to make sure small employers buy their coverage from the SHOP exchange.

Seriously, I need a refresher course in due process and administrative rules; because, I didn’t know you could adopt a rule as an emergency twice that you plan to hold hearings on and adopt the rules again a few weeks later. These emergencies seem to come faster and with greater frequency.

Here’s an emergency – fix the government systems that were designed to replace functioning markets before no one has coverage.

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