Search Results Archives: December 2013

December 5, 2013

Flood of Regulations Coming from Obama Administration

From: Insurance Journal

By Brian Wingfield

Over the next 12 months, the Obama administration is due to issue regulations governing everything from e-cigarettes to smoke-stack emissions in what experts predict will be a second-term rush to put rules in place before leaving office.

“In every administration, these things have to be wrapped up in at least the second to last year,” Cindy Skrzycki, author of “The Regulators: Anonymous Power Brokers in American Politics,” said in an interview. Skrzycki said 2014 will be an important year for agencies to get new rules under way.

December 3, 2013

Labor Agencies Regulatory Agendas

From: Enterprise Institute


As my colleague Wayne Crews comments in Forbes, the Obama administration tends to publish its regulatory agenda around holidays, or when “nobody is looking.”

And in predictable fashion on the day before Thanksgiving last week, the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) published the Fall 2013 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions, a semi-annual report on the regulatory priorities of federal agencies.

In its statement of regulatory priorities, the Department of Labor lists the following:

  • Workers to acquire the skills they need to succeed;

December 1, 2013

ACA: The 2015 Notice Of Benefit And Payment Parameters Proposed Rule

From: Health Affairs Blog

Implementing Health Reform: The 2015 Notice Of Benefit And Payment Parameters Proposed Rule; ACA Supreme Court Litigation

by Timothy Jost

Note: In another Affordable Care Act development, the Supreme Court on November 26, 2013, agreed to review Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius. Both cases raise the issue of whether a regulation that requires health plans to cover certain contraceptives violates the free exercise rights of a for-profit corporate employer. This issue has been raised in lawsuits across the country, with the Courts of Appeals reaching conflicting conclusions. Since four Circuit Courts of Appeals have enjoined the enforcement of the regulation, while two have upheld it, a Supreme Court review was inevitable.