Major Health Law Provisions Still Need Regulatory Attention
Meanwhile, California lawmakers criticize the hiring of people with criminal records to be insurance counselors, and labor leaders continue to complain the law will undermine coverage for their members.
Politico Pro: Obamacare 2.0: More Regulation
The president’s health care law may finally be up and running, but the regulatory lift to get the Affordable Care Act working at full capacity is far from over. Four years after the law’s passage, some major provisions still await regulatory action or have been delayed because of the Obama administration’s struggles to get core elements in place in time for the start of enrollment last October. Large businesses haven’t seen final rules for the employer mandate, and insurers are waiting for more details on the benefits they’ll have to offer in the future (Millman, 1/31).
Los Angeles Times: Lawmakers Criticize Hiring Of Obamacare Enrollers With Criminal Records
California's health insurance exchange allowed 31 people with criminal records to be enrollment counselors for Obamacare coverage, drawing fire from Republican lawmakers. Two state legislators are calling for a hearing on the exchange's hiring practices and its efforts to prevent identity theft and fraud. ... Overall, California has certified 3,729 enrollment counselors statewide (Terhune, 1/30).
The Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire: Union Chiefs ‘Bitterly Disappointed’ With Obamacare Efforts
Labor leaders are widely praising President Barack Obama for his State of the Union address Tuesday night –but his signature health-care law remains a point of contention for some. Their beef: The administration hasn’t adequately addressed their complaints that provisions in the law will undermine the current health coverage of millions of union members (Trottman, 1/30).