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IRS Notice Gives Employers Clarity on Definition of 'Full Time'

September 24, 2012
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Under the notice, which will remain in effect at least through 2014, employers can use a retrospective measurement period lasting between three and 12 months to determine whether an employee's hours meet the definition of “full time” under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Refiles Suit to Block Health Reform Provisions

September 21, 2012
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The amended lawsuit argues that the IRS' regulation directly contradicts the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's original language regarding the exchanges and—more specifically—the premium subsidies, which carry significant financial penalties for certain employers that do not provide adequate and affordable employee health benefits as defined by the law.
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Certain Health Care Reform Provisions Should Be Kept: Romney

September 11, 2012
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Mitt Romney says that while he would seek to repeal the health care reform law if he were elected, he could keep the provision that bans health care plans from denying coverage of pre-existing medical conditions and perhaps even expand a provision that requires health care plans to provide coverage of employees' adult children up to age 26.
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Obama Sees Election as Referendum on Reform

September 7, 2012
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President Barack Obama accepted his party's nomination for another term by framing the election as a choice over whether voters value his signature healthcare law, among other policies.
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Employers Should Ignore the Rhetoric and Focus on the Reality of Health Care Reform, Experts Say

September 6, 2012
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With the presidency and 33 Senate seats up for grabs in 2012, how the battle over health care reform will play out is anyone's guess, but employers are watching the tussle closer than most.
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Clinton Defends Reform Law in DNC Speech

September 6, 2012
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Clinton directly answered many of Republicans' leading criticisms of the law, including the projection that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will cut $716 billion from Medicare.
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Health Care Reform a 'Badge of Honor' for Democrats: HHS Secretary

September 5, 2012
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During her speech, Kathleen Sebelius detailed what she said are some of the achievements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
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Health Care to Take Center Stage at DNC

September 4, 2012
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The night of September 4 will feature some of the highest-profile defenders of the law, including first lady Michelle Obama and HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
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The Last Word: 'Papa John,' Can You Spare a Dime for Health Care?

September 1, 2012
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Politics apparently has joined the menu—at least through November—alongside pepperoni and pineapple as a new pizza topping.
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Repeal and Replace Health Care Reform Law: Romney

August 31, 2012
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Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called for a repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act during his speech at the Republican National Convention August 30.
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