Pending Regs

New regs for Tuesday: ObamaCare exchange guidelines

A bunch of new rules will be proposed in the Federal Register in coming days. Here's what's coming:

Healthcare exchanges:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing standards for insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act.

The new marketplaces are a main component of President Obama's healthcare reform, and are set to start running in October. They will allow consumers to purchase insurance in statewide systems that account for their tax credits.

The draft standards cover oversight of the state exchanges, requiring that the programs are monitored and reported.

The 253-page proposal also includes measures to protect consumers, provide oversight of tax credits and outlines how states can operate their own programs for small businesses.

“The release of these guidelines signals that we’re ready to build on our ongoing efforts and ensure that the new systems are fiscally sound," said CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner in a statement.


Lawmakers call pursuit of gainful employment regs ‘disgraceful,’ ‘reckless’

The Obama administration should abandon plans to enact regulations meant to target career training programs that saddle students with debt but fail to help them land a job, a pair of House Republicans said Wednesday.

The controversial rule, directed at for-profit schools, would deny the institutions access to federal student aid if they fail to meet certain benchmarks showing that an adequate number of graduates are able to repay their loans.


New regs for Thursday: Taking gray wolf off endangered species list

New workplace safety standards, rules on endangered species and ways to receive benefits for black lung disease will be published in the Federal Register on Thursday. Here are the highlights:

The Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing its proposal to take the gray wolf off the list of endangered and threatened species. The agency had announced the move on Friday, but publication in the Federal Register on Thursday begins the official process.


New regs for Wednesday: DHS extending immigration zone

A whole bunch of new regulations will be issued in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Get ready:

The Department of Homeland Security is extending the distance that some Mexican nationals can travel in New Mexico without obtaining a form from Customs and Border Protection.

The new rule would allow Mexicans with a border crossing card, which the department calls "one of the most secure travel documents," to travel up to 55 miles into New Mexico, up from the 25 miles that the law currently allows.

"This change is intended to promote commerce and tourism in southern New Mexico while still ensuring that sufficient safeguards are in place to prevent illegal entry to the United States," the department asserts.


Lifesaving protections vanishing down regulatory ‘rabbit hole,’ study says

The federal government’s failure to finalize key regulations is compromising the American public’s health, safety and finances, according to a study issued Tuesday by a coalition of more than 100 public interest groups.

The Coalition for Sensible Safeguards (CSS) report blames the lack of action on outsize industry influence over the rule-making process, a judicial review system run amok and a lack of transparency at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA).


New regs for Tuesday: Defining hearing aids

New regulations on fishing, education grants and tanning beds will be issued and proposed on Tuesday. Here they are:

The Federal Communications Commission is changing the way it defines "auditory assistance devices" to allow the devices to do more than just give hearing assistance to people with disabilities.


New regs for Monday: Restrictions on wine labels

A bunch of new and proposed regulations will be published in the Federal Register on Monday. Here's what to expect after the weekend:

Food and drink:
Vintners will be able to print a bottle of wine's alcohol content on labels other than the brand label, according to a new rule from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The change gives winemakers "greater flexibility in wine labeling," the bureau claims.