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On the Hill: Congress Returns Next Week, Group Health Plan Proposal

Congress will return next week for a short, two-week legislative session before heading back to the campaign trails in preparation for mid-term elections. The most significant measure for consideration will be funding legislation to keep the government running after the current fiscal year expires on Sept. 30.  A continuing resolution would likely keep spending at 2014 levels until Congress resumes in November to pass a larger omnibus spending package.

Also expected in September, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), has promised floor consideration of a bill sponsored by Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), which would allow group health insurance issuers to continue offering plans sold in 2013, which are not Affordable Care Act-compliant, for an indefinite period. These plans would be considered grandfathered for the purposes of meeting the individual mandate requirement.


About the Author

Jocelyn Wiles is the manager of legislative affairs at America's Essential Hospitals.

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