Articles

Browse Documents
by Date or Issue:
  • POLITICO Pro: CMS: No enrollment numbers for SHOP
    Posted in Articles on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr

    POLITICO Pro: CMS: No enrollment numbers for SHOP September 18, 2014 By Brett Norman A CMS official told a House panel this afternoon that she could not provide enrollment numbers in Obmacare’s small business exchanges. Mayra Alvarez, director of the state exchange group at CCIIO, said that the agency “is not the source of SHOP enrollment," because businesses did not have online access in the first year, requiring them to apply by paper, through an agent or broker or directly through insurers. B... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: CMS Needs to Provide Congress SHOP Data On Enrollments, Rep. Collins Says at Hearing
    Posted in Articles on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: CMS Needs to Provide Congress SHOP Data On Enrollments, Rep. Collins Says at Hearing By Sean Forbes September 18, 2014 Republican members of a subcommittee of the House Committee on Small Business insisted at a hearing on Affordable Care Act small business exchanges that the administration must provide hard data to Congress in order to have an unbiased discussion about the effectiveness of the exchanges. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Health and Techn... Read more

  • Graves: Waters of the U.S. Regulatory Overreach Protection Act Is Needed To Protect Family Farms and Small Businesses
    Posted in Articles on September 9, 2014 | Preview rr

    House Small Business Committee Chairman Sam Graves (R-MO) released the following statement in support of the House vote on the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act (HR 5078), which would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their proposed rule that would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act: “This unprecedented ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposal is indicative of many of the problems wi... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Federal Government Meets Small Business Contracting Goal for First Time in Eight Years
    Posted in Articles on August 1, 2014 | Preview rr

    By Deborah Billings, Bloomberg BNA Aug. 1 (BNA) -- The federal government awarded $83.1 billion in prime contracts to small businesses in fiscal year 2013, exceeding its 23-percent goal for the first time in eight years, according to official statistics released Aug. 1. However, the government fell 2 percent short of expectations that small firms receive 36 percent of subcontracted dollars. The results of the latest Small Business Procurement Scorecard were released by Maria Contreras-Sweet, hea... Read more

  • E&E News: In final House appearance, Perciasepe spars with Republicans over waters rule, trust issues
    Posted in Articles on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr

    E&E News: In final House appearance, Perciasepe spars with Republicans over waters rule, trust issues By Amanda Peterka, E&E Reporter July 31, 2014 The House Small Business Committee yesterday sent departing U.S. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe off with a contentious hearing over agency regulations. Throughout the hearing, House lawmakers sparred over the agency's recent proposal to define which waters of the United States are included under the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. They... Read more

  • CQ: Growth of Telehealth May Hinge on Government Commitment
    Posted in Articles on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr

    CQ: Growth of Telehealth May Hinge on Government Commitment By Kerry Young, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor July 31, 2014 Doctors, researchers and officials at companies such as Humana Inc. are tinkering with ideas for expanding the use of remote medical visits and services, but the true driver for expansion of telehealth likely will be the nation’s biggest purchaser of health care. For now, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is taking a “rather cautious” approach in its payment polic... Read more

  • POLITICO: Broadband: The other big obstacle to telemedicine
    Posted in Articles on July 31, 2014 | Preview rr

    POLITICO eHealth: Broadband: The other big obstacle to telemedicine By David Pittman July 31, 2014 A lack of good Internet connections is nearly as big an obstacle to increasing telemedicine as the lack of Medicare funding for the services, witnesses told a congressional hearing Thursday. Many hospitals and doctors’ offices across the country lack broadband or fiber-optic cabling with the necessary bandwidth to use certain forms of telemedicine, said Maggie Basgall of Lenora, Kan.’s Nex-Tech, a ... Read more

  • BNA: EPA Has Lost Credibility With Land Owners, Small Business Committee Republicans Say
    Posted in Articles on July 30, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: EPA Has Lost Credibility With Land Owners, Small Business Committee Republicans Say By Dean Scott July 30, 2014 House Small Business Committee Republicans told a top Environmental Protection Agency official July 30 that the agency has lost credibility with farmers, land owners and small businesses over an April proposal they fear would expand EPA jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act to farm ditches and other minor streams. EPA Deputy Administrator Bob Perciasepe sought to allay wha... Read more

  • EPA, Army Corps Extend Comment Period For Rule Clarifying Water Act Jurisdiction
    Posted in Articles on June 10, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: EPA, Army Corps Extend Comment Period For Rule Clarifying Water Act Jurisdiction By Amena H. Saiyidi June 10, 2014 The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed that the public has until Oct. 20 to comment on a proposed rule that would clarify Clean Water Act jurisdiction over the nation's waters and wetlands. The agencies said June 10 that they are granting the 90–day extension from the initial July 21 date in response to numerous requests, in... Read more

  • EPA Review Finds ‘Continued Need' For Regulating Concentrated Animal Feedlots
    Posted in Articles on June 4, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: EPA Review Finds ‘Continued Need' For Regulating Concentrated Animal Feedlots By Amena H. Saiyidi June 4, 2014 Key Development: The EPA concludes CAFOs need to be regulated and there is no need to revise the rules to minimize impacts to small businesses. Potential Impact: Small CAFOs will not get any regulatory relief from the EPA. June 4 (BNA) -- The Environmental Protection Agency concluded June 4 that there is a “continued need” to regulate concentrated animal feeding operation... Read more