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From the category archives: Politics & Policy

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How to Handle MLR Rebates Under the Health Care Law

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, health insurance issuers are required to spend a minimum percentage of their premiums, called a medical loss ratio (MLR), on health care and health care quality improvement activities. Health insurance issuers that do not meet this minimum, which is at least 80 or 85 percent of their premiums, must pay a rebate to consumers. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Oklahoma Chapter Member Will Compete for Seat in U.S. House

ABC member Markwayne Mullin, owner of Mullin Plumbing, Inc., Broken Arrow, Okla., and a member of ABC’s Oklahoma Chapter, on Aug. 28 won a runoff race that allows him to compete for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Read the rest of entry »

ABC Offers Updated Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards

Capping off ABC’s celebration of craft training for the 75th anniversary of the passage of the National Apprenticeship Act, ABC is reminding its members that in November 2011, ABC updated its National Model Guidelines for Apprenticeship Standards to allow distance learning; competency- and technology-based language; a hybrid and interim credential carpentry program; and reduce payment of benefits as part of the wage and fringe benefits ratios. Read the rest of entry »

GOP Demands An End To Project Labor Agreements

Delegates at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., Aug. 28, formally adopted the party’s national platform. Contained in the 54-page document is language that “demands an end to project labor agreements.” Read the rest of entry »

NLRB Appeals Court Decision To Overturn Ambush Elections Ruling

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Aug. 7 filed an appeal against the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia’s May 14 decision to overturn the board’s ambush elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of members. 
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Senate Democrats Vote To Pass Small Business Tax Hike

The U.S. Senate July 25 voted 51 to 48 to pass the Middle Class Tax Cut Act of 2012 (S. 3412), which, if enacted, would result in a massive tax increase on business income, capital investment and family succession. In addition, the Senate voted 45 to 54 against theABC-supported Hatch-McConnell Amendment to S. 3412 that would have forestalled the looming fiscal cliff facing America’s job creators. 
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ABC Offers Health Care Solutions After House Votes To Repeal Obamacare

After the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Repeal of Obamacare Act (H.R. 6079) on July 11, ABC offered practical, common-sense health care solutions and continued to advocate for full repeal of the health care law.  
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Guidance Issued on Health Insurance Exchanges and Summary of Benefits

The Department of Health and Human Services on May 16 issued new guidance for states on health insurance exchanges. In addition, HHS in conjunction with the Departments of Labor and Treasury, released an additional set of frequently asked questions regarding implementation of the summary of benefits and coverage provisions included in the health care law.
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ABC Declares Victory As Federal Court Overturns NLRB “Ambush” Elections Rule

ABC celebrated a major victory May 14 when the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia overturned a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) “ambush” elections rule because it was adopted without the statutorily required quorum of NLRB members. 
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Notices Issued Requesting Comments on Health Care Law

The Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently issued three notices related to the health care law that address minimum value and information reporting on health insurance coverage. In addition, the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury issued a separate bulletin regarding verification of access to employer-sponsored coverage.
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