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  • Rep. Graves Challenges Koskinen On ‘Complicated'ACA Forms for Small Business
    Posted in Articles on October 8, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: House Republican Challenges IRS on Complicated ACA Forms October 8, 2014 Small businesses and their tax preparers face the daunting tasks of understanding and completing new tax forms to comply with provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the chairman of the House Small Business Committee said. “Most small businesses do not have tax advisors, attorneys or accountants on their staff. They must rely on outside assistance to navigate these complicated tax rules,” Chairman Sam Graves (... Read more

  • SBA Calls for Withdrawal of Water Rule
    Posted in Articles on October 1, 2014 | Preview rr

    CQ Roll Call: CMS: SBA Calls for Withdrawal of Water Rule October 1, 2014 By Philip Brasher The Small Business Administration said Wednesday that it is “extremely concerned” about the potential economic impact of a proposed Clean Water Act rule and called on the EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw it. In a letter to those agencies, the SBA’s Office of Advocacy says they improperly analyzed the rule’s impact on agriculture, utilities and other sectors. Contrary to the language in the prop... Read more

  • Bloomberg BNA: Lawmaker Wants E-Signatures for SBA Loans; Says Proposal Would Cut Application Time
    Posted in Articles on September 18, 2014 | Preview rr

    Bloomberg BNA: Lawmaker Wants E-Signatures for SBA Loans; Says Proposal Would Cut Application Time September 18, 2014 Sept. 18 (BNA) -- The Small Business Administration would have to accept electronic signatures in its financing programs under a proposal that the sponsor says would cut the loan application process an average of two to three days. A 2000 law, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, made valid e-signatures on binding documents, but their use is not universa... Read more

  • 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