By Sam Baker and Elise Viebeck - 09/11/13 10:30 PM EDT
Data hub assurances: The Obama administration provided new assurances Wednesday about the massive "data hub" that will help ObamaCare's exchange process applications. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said the data hub received its security certification on Sept. 6 — well ahead of the Sept. 30 benchmark that had previously raised eyebrows in the Office of the Inspector General.
Dropping coverage: Specialty grocery chain Trader Joe's will no longer provide healthcare coverage to part-time workers, and will instead point them toward ObamaCare's new insurance exchanges, according to a report.
The company, which provides some of the most generous worker benefits in the industry, told staff last month that those working fewer than 30 hours per week will no longer be eligible for healthcare coverage. Trader Joe's CEO Dan Bane reportedly promised part-time workers a $500 check next year and help understanding their new coverage options under ObamaCare. Read more about the announcement at Healthwatch.
White House calling unions: White House officials have been calling union leaders about a resolution critical of ObamaCare that is set to pass late Wednesday at the AFL-CIO convention in Los Angeles.
Union leaders have been tight-lipped about the calls coming from Washington, but at least one labor official said he understands that the Obama administration has been watching the resolution’s progress and expressing a desire that it not move forward. Healthwatch has more on the resolution and the White House's reaction.
Dropping support: Public support for President Obama's healthcare law is dropping, according to a new CNN/ORC International poll. Just 39 percent of people in the latest survey said they have a favorable view of all or part of the healthcare law, down from 51 percent in January.
A slew of polling has found public opinion of the healthcare law to be divided, intractable and leaning negative. Opposition generally outweighs support but does not cross the 50 percent mark. Healthwatch has more on the poll.
The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions subcommittee on Primary Health will hold a hearing on dental healthcare in the United States.
The directors of the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration will speak at a forum on medical research. The event will be held at the Newseum.
State by state
Navigators not welcome at Fla. health department
Medicaid expansion foes likely short of signatures in Ariz.
UnitedHealthcare forms ACO with Wis. providers [free reg. req'd]
Kountoupes Denham / Generic Pharmaceutical Association
W Strategies / Hyperion Therapeutics
Haves and have-nots as healthcare markets open
The surprising list of employers who blame ObamaCare for cuts
Study: Ambulatory surgery centers save Medicare money
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House GOP struggles to sell ObamaCare plan to conservatives
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