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In a recent newsletter that goes out to exchange navigators and certified application counselors only, officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) discuss the rules that govern exchange assisters' activities. 

Prior to the open enrollment in 2013 and especially the weeks leading up to the very first day of available healthcare on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) healthcare exchange January 1, 2014, there was much discussion of the safety of individuals personal information on such a massive website, and also much discussion of individuals falsifying information in order to qualify for a much richer subsidy in their healthcare plan.

On a deadline to circumvent any major problems on the next round of open enrollment on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) healthcare exchange, major sections of the Healthcare.gov website are getting totally redone.  There is also a possibility that some parts of this website dedicated to helping individuals navigate the ACA may be scratched.  Open enrollment for 2015 kicks off this November 15th, 2014.

In early May, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has provided the new public health insurance exchanges rules for reporting on the private health coverage they have sold.  This new batch of final regulations titled, “Information Reporting for Affordable Insurance Exchanges,” dictates how the exchanges will communicate whether they have enrolled consumers in individual qualified health plans (QHPs).

April 29, 2014 - New legislation signed by President Obama eliminates the Affordable Care Act's (ACA)  annual limitation on deductibles for non-grandfathered plans in the small group market, effective retroactively to 2010.

April 29, 2014 - The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recognizes that conducting a risk assessment can be a challenging task.

April 14, 2014 – New legislation signed by President Obama eliminates the Affordable Care Act's annual limitation on deductibles for non-grandfathered plans in the small group market, effective retroactively to 2010.

March 31, 2014 - Work on the state budget has begun in earnest with the legislature deliberating how best to spend, save, invest -- depending on who you talk to -- a nearly $1 billion state surplus.
March 31, 2014 - Early this month the United States House of Representatives passed a bill, H.R. 4118 “Suspending the Individual Mandate Penalty Law Equals Fairness Act.”
March 11, 2014 – This past January 28, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. a very important piece of legislation, the “Save American Workers Act” (H.R. 2575), was heard in front of one of the most influential committees, Ways and Means, chaired by Michigan’s Congressman Dave Camp.