OVERNIGHT HEALTH: GOP eyes ObamaCare delay

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. 

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The IG's office, testifying at a House subcommittee hearing, wouldn't comment on Health and Human Servces's assurances, while Republicans said they are still not convinced the data hub will be up and running on schedule. Healthwatch has more on CMS's assurances.

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.


Thursday schedule

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]


Lobbying registrations

Kountoupes Denham / Generic Pharmaceutical Association

W Strategies / Hyperion Therapeutics


Reading list

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


What you might have missed on Healthwatch


Labor unions ready to go on record as calling for changes to ObamaCare

Vitter demands vote to end 'Washington exemption from ObamaCare'

House advances bill stopping ObamaCare's insurance subsidies

SEIU to help promote ObamaCare despite labor's criticisms

GOP bill blocks food stamp users from buying junk food

House GOP struggles to sell ObamaCare plan to conservatives


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