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Update for October 10, 2012
Reps. Upton and Pitts Again Urge HHS to Provide Guidance on ACA Implementation
Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Health, wrote to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on October 4, urging her to provide a response to states’ questions regarding implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The two lawmakers had previously sent a letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in August, but that letter remains unanswered. The latest letter stressed that with fewer than 15 months until the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is fully implemented, “governors and legislatures have been left to navigate alone the regulatory maze created by the absence of guidance” from HHS. They said that the lack of guidance has created regulatory uncertainty and has crippled the ability of states and health providers to plan for the future. The two lawmakers urged a response to “each question outlined in any letter from governors” no later than October 15, 2012. Their letter is available here.
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