CLASS Program Suspended Indefinitely

On October 14, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it was suspending implementation of the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program. Mandated by the health care reform law, the CLASS program was intended to be a consumer-funded, voluntary long-term care …

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Additional ERRP Funding Proposed

As HHS announced in April, it stopped accepting new applications to participate in the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) on May 6 due to the limited availability of funding. Last month, HHS issued a Reimbursement Update that stated that over $2.4 billion in reimbursements had been paid to approved plan …

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ERRP Will No Longer Accept New Applications

As previously discussed, since June 29, 2010, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been accepting applications for plan certification under the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP). However, last week, HHS announced that it will no longer accept new ERRP applications  from plan sponsors after …

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ERRP Annual Report Issued

On March 2, the Department of Health & Human Services released an annual report summarizing information about the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program (ERRP) in 2010. Here are some key statistics from the report: As of December 31, 2010, over 5,000 plan sponsors were approved for participation in the …

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HHS Solicits Comments on CO-OP Program

Health care reform requires HHS to begin operating a new Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) program by July 1, 2013. The program will promote the development of “qualified nonprofit health insurance issuers” by issuing loans and grants. In early February, HHS issued a request for comments that …

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