Who’s on first, What’s on second…

Good Grief! I don’t know how SSB 5605 managed to survive in the state Senate this far. Watching the testimony and reading the reports about the legislation reminds me of the old Abbott and Costello classic baseball comedy routine “Who’s on first?” (I already told you I was oldish.) With so much misinformation, any senator in…

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HHS Rules Don’t Preempt Association Plan Community Rate Exemption

On September 6, the Federal Register published amendments by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to its May 2011 regulations that require disclosure and state review of “unreasonable premium increases” by health insurers. The amendments expand the definitions of the individual and small group health plan markets to explicitly include plans purchased…

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What hasn’t changed

Last year, many controversial health reform regulatory issues ricocheted around federal government agencies and mercifully, no one was hit with responsibility. Among the biggest issues was and remains the state of association health plans and their status as grandfathered plans. Questions continue to arrive about the effects of federal health care reform on association health plans…

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