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Consumers Benefitted from 80/20 Rule in 2013

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations

http://www.cms.gov/CCIIO/Resources/Forms-Reports-and-Other-Resources/Downloads/Final-MLR-Report_07-22-2014.pdf

Latest annual report on estimated consumer savings due to the so-called 80/20 rule of the Affordable Care Act (aka the Medical Loss Ratio rule) which requires insurers to refund money to plan enrollees if companies spend more than 20% of premiums on administrative overhead, profits, or related non- medical care expenses.  From the Department of Health and Human Services

 

King et al. v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Published/141158.P.pdf

Unanimous decision of a 3 judge panel of the Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit that the language of the Affordable Care Act covers insurance subsidies for both state-run and federal-run plans.  From Justia.com

 

Halbig v. Burwell

Categories: Headlines,Health Insurance,Laws/Regulations,Supreme Court/courts

http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/opinions.nsf/10125254D91F8BAC85257D1D004E6176/$file/14-5018-1503850.pdf

2-1 decision of a panel of the DC Court of Appeals that the language of the Affordable Care Act restricts insurance subsidies to state-run plans and not federal plans substituting for the state.   From Justia.com

 

“Black Boxes” in Passenger Vehicles: Policy Issues

Categories: Laws/Regulations,Privacy,Science/Technology,Traffic Accidents,Transportation

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43651.pdf

Explains what event data recorders are, government mandates that EDRs be included in vehicles, and controversies relating to their use.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

District of Columbia: Marijuana Decriminalization and Enforcement: Issues of Home Rule and Congressional Oversight

Categories: Alcohol/Drug Abuse,District of Columbia,Laws/Regulations,Maps/Geography

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/IN10108.pdf

Describes the efforts of DC leaders to pass legislation that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana, provides a map which shows which states have passed laws decriminalizing marijuana or have passed medical marijuana laws, presents arguments for and against decriminalization, and examines controversies involving home rule.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Use of Force Considerations in Iraq

Categories: Defense/Military,Iraq,Laws/Regulations,Presidency

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/IN10106.pdf

Describes the threat posed to Iraq by the armed forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the possible authorities that could be invoked by President Obama to justify sending U.S. military forces back to Iraq.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Proposal to Protect the Bristol Bay Watershed

Categories: Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations,Natural Resources

http://www2.epa.gov/bristolbay

Proposed regulation designed to protect Bristol Bay Alaska salmon fishery waters from damage from copper mining.  From the Environmental Protection Agency

 

In the Matter of Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet

Categories: Education-Higher,Laws/Regulations,Libraries/Museums,Telecommunications/Internet

http://www.arl.org/storage/documents/publications/comments-NN-library-highered_NN-18jul2014-final.pdf

Comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission by a coalition of library and educational organizations relating to the issue of so-called net neutrality. The coalition takes exception to an FCC proposed rulemaking which provides for different levels of service and pricing.  From the Federal Communications Commission

 

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