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ASU’s Temporary Faculty Faces Reduced Hours — Many Blame The Health Law

In other implementation news, the Internal Revenue Service has finalized its rule for sharing taxpayer information with states and other agencies, while provider groups are protesting a federal rule that would put them at financial risk when patients fail to pay their health insurance premiums.

Arizona Republic: Temporary-Faculty Hours Cut As ASU Readies For Health Law
Temporary faculty members at Arizona State University are feeling a sting from the Affordable Care Act, even though a key component of the law does not go into effect until January 2015. ASU administrators recently notified non-tenured associate faculty members that they will be limited to teaching six credit hours per semester beginning this fall, which amounts to two general-education courses. ... Beginning in January 2015, ASU will be obligated to provide health-care coverage to employees who average 30 hours or more per week (Dana, 8/13).

The Hill: IRS Moves To Share Taxpayer Information Under ObamaCare
The IRS has finalized its rule for disclosing taxpayer information under provisions of ObamaCare. The agency will share personal information such as income and tax filing status with states and other agencies to confirm whether or not people are eligible for tax credits to buy health insurance in new state-based marketplaces (Hattem, 8/13).

Modern Healthcare: Providers Protest Rule Putting Them At Financial Risk If Patients Don't Pay Premiums
Provider groups say a CMS rule interpreting the healthcare reform law that gives consumers a grace period for unpaid health insurance premiums will put them at significant risk of delivering services for which they won't get paid. The CMS rule (PDF) gives consumers a 90-day grace period if they don't pay their premiums before their insurer can drop their coverage. The rule applies to people in all states who obtain subsidized coverage through the new insurance exchanges (Block, 8/13).

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