Over the course of the past month Stateside professionals interviewed contacts in all 50 states to get a sense of the top issues that will face lawmakers in the coming year.
Archives for October 2011
Not according to Nancy Leppink, the Acting Administrator of the U.S. Labor Department’s Wage and Hour Division, who has taken to the official blog of the U.S. Department of Labor to respond to criticism of a ruling she issued this summer.
Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), state policy makers have known that they would be required to pick up the cost of any state mandates imposed on plans offered through a state health benefit exchange that exceeded the federal essential benefits. As a result, states have already introduced legislation and established commissions to review state mandated benefits in anticipation of the federal rules. With the release of the IOM recommendations, it appears that states may have much more control of which mandate benefits they will be able keep.
While the Republican presidential debates have been the focus of the national media in recent weeks, there are state elections this fall that may provide some early indications about what may happen at the ballot box next year.