Trump Administration to Cut Funding for Obamacare Advertising, Promotion

The Trump administration is slashing advertising for enrollment in Affordable Care Act (ACA) policies for 2018 from $100 million to $10 million, and cutting funding for “navigators,” individuals who help people sign up, from $62.5 million to $36 million, CNBC reports today, citing phone calls from Health and Human Services (HHS) officials. Those officials and […]

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HHS Restores Work Requirement for Temporary Assistance for Needly Families

Done away with by the Obama administration in 2012, the requirement to work to participate in the Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF) program has been restored by the Trump administration in an announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services on Aug. 30. “Reemphasizing the work requirements in the welfare program means once […]

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HHS Issues Limited HIPAA Waivers for Hurricane Harvey-Devastated Areas

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a limited set of waivers from HIPAA requirements for those affected in Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Though the agency cannot waive the HIPAA Privacy Rule, it can take more limited, focused actions. Here, then, are the five provisions for which Secretary Tom […]

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DOL Opens 15-Day Public Commentary Period on 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor (DOL) has wasted no time in promulgating a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on its 18-month delay in enforcement of the Obama-era fiduciary rule that took effect June 9. The NPRM was published Aug. 31. The publication opened a 15-day public commentary period. The delay will take enforcement of the fiduciary […]

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OMB Approves DOL Request to Publish 18-Month Delay of Fiduciary Rule

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week approved a request by the Department of Labor (DOL) to publish a rule delaying implementation of the enforcement phase of its fiduciary rule for 18 months, from Jan. 1, 2017, to July 1, 2018. Once the DOL publishes the rule, a public commentary period will commence, […]

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OMB Blocks Pay Reporting Requirement of EEO-1

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has initiated “a review and immediate stay of the effectiveness of the pay data collection aspects” of the EEO-1 form, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which under President Obama had instituted compensation reporting requirements on firms with at least 100 employees. The deadline for submitting […]

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OSHA Plans to Update Lockout/Tagout Rule

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will launch a request for public input next April as it seeks to update its 1989 lockout/tagout standard, which is falling behind the times, especially when it comes to computer-based control of hazardous energy. “The agency has recently seen an increase in requests for variances for these devices,” […]

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5th Circuit to Hear Overtime Rule Appeal Arguments on Oct. 3

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has set Tuesday morning, Oct. 3, as the time for oral arguments on the Obama-era overtime rule that was blocked by a federal judge days before it was to take effect this past December. That rule would’ve doubled the salary threshold for exemption from overtime pay from $455 […]

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Last of 81 ‘Bare’ Counties Lands an Obamacare Insurer

Seven states had been scrambling to find insurers willing to sell Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance policies in 81 “bare” counties, and this week the sole remaining, unserviced county — Paulding in rural Ohio — found a suitor in CareSource. The result is that there are no longer any areas of the United States […]

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Iowa Seeks Obamacare Waiver to Fill Void

Faced with the possibility of having no insurance company selling on the Obamacare exchanges in the state, Iowa has applied for a 1332 innovation waiver under provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). If approved, Iowa will sell just one standard policy on the ACA exchange and will back it up with tax credits to […]

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