Healthcare News January 22, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Obama digs in on entitlements

    Obama used his second inaugural address to make clear
    that he sees politically popular entitlement programs as sacrosanct
    commitments.

  • Regulations on individual mandate expected soon

    The White House budget office is reviewing new rules to implement benefit requirements in President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    The regulation could be issued this month — a review from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is typically one of the last steps before regulations are published.

    The rules recently submitted to OMB deal with exemptions from the rules for “minimum essential coverage” — the standards that coverage has to meet to satisfy the healthcare law’s individual mandate, which requires most taxpayers to either buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

  • President defends Medicare, Medicaid in inaugural address

    Obama’s shot on entitlements comes just as Congress is gearing
    up for another round in its fight over federal spending.

  • Reports: Colleges cut professors’ hours to avoid healthcare mandate

    Colleges and universities are reportedly cutting the hours their adjunct professors work in an effort to avoid the employer mandate in President Obama’s signature healthcare law.

    The Wall Street Journal noted the trend Friday, saying a handful of smaller schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania have begun to cap the number of courses adjunct professors can teach, so that they don’t end up working more than 30 hours per week.

    The healthcare law requires employers to offer coverage to all employees who work more than 30 hours, or pay a penalty to the IRS.

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