Washington Watch - June 27, 2012


Washington Watch - June 27, 2012

Join The NASE Conference Call On The Supreme Court Decision 

Tomorrow the Supreme Court is expected to announce its decision on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). With the announcement, a flurry of activity will occur on both sides of the political aisle and most likely leave Americans confused as to how the decision will impact their current and future health care needs.  

The court must address four key questions:

  • Is the individual mandate (requiring Americans to purchase health care) constitutional?
  • If the individual mandate is found unconstitutional, can it be “severable” (i.e. allow for the rest of the law to remain).
  • Is the Medicaid expansion included in the law constitutional?
  • Does tax law prevent the court from addressing the individual mandate before it goes into effect in 2014?

It is widely anticipated that each question will not only result in a decision, but that there is the possibility for concurring dissents and opinions that will argue the Justices' nuanced approach to deciding each of the four questions.

In an effort to help NASE members filter through the decision and understand how this may or may not impact you and your health care needs, we will be hosting a conference call on Friday, June 29th at 2:00 p.m. EST (Dial +1 (773) 897-3014; Access Code: 887-929-513; Password: NASE).  The conference call will be limited to the first 100 participants.  

We look forward to sharing with you NASE’s commitment to ensuring that the self-employed community has access to affordable health care.

Looking Back: News This Week In 2011

Doesn't the debt ceiling crisis seem like so long ago? Well, this time last year Congress was still in the early stages of trying to tackle it. Also, the IRS released an increased mileage rate to deal with rising gas costs. Read more below:

Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance And The EPA

The House Committee on Small Business this week will conduct a hearing titled, Regulatory Flexibility Act Compliance: Is EPA Failing Small Businesses? The hearing will examine whether the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is complying with the Regulatory Flexibility (RFA). The RFA requires federal agencies to assess the economic impact of their regulations on small businesses, small non-profits, and small governmental jurisdictions and if the impact is significant, consider alternatives that are less burdensome. The Committee will focus on specific RFA compliance issues in the context of several EPA regulations.

Read more here.

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