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Posted by Andy Adams on November 11, 2014 - 4:13pm
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You may recall the circuit panel ruling in Halbig v. Burwell this past Summer.  This is a little case with huge potential implications for the ACA.  I say potential because the panel holding was quickly vacated by the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Posted by Andy Adams on November 11, 2014 - 3:07pm
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Last week, the IRS released Notice 2014-69.  The notice states that plans that do not provide in-patient hospitalization or physician services do not provide "minimum value" as that term is defined by the ACA.

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Posted by Andy Adams on October 2, 2014 - 11:30am
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From the Houston Chronicle:  “Our whole industry believes this is the next big change, and like any change, there will be winners and losers from an industry standpoint,” he told me. “But this is a net win for small-business owners — they’re not going to make this change because they are losing, they are going to do it because it’s an economic advantage.”
 
From Houston Small Business Owners: "You have GOT to be kidding me!"
 
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Posted by Tracy Dacus on September 23, 2014 - 9:53am
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Last week I posted on Facebook that my husband and I had ‘Ubered for the first time last night, and it was awesome.’  Needless to say, the responses were mixed!  Some of my friends were in the know about ‘Uber’ but a few seemed shocked I would post such personal information on social media.  
 
I first heard about Uber last year while visiting friends in Dallas.  ‘Will you be Ubering over?’  I thought he was speaking another language.  Then he realized I’d never Ubered before so he explained what it was.  ‘You mean people get into a car with total strangers and pay them to take them places?’  It sounded like a liability nightmare to someone in the insurance business.  
 
So when I heard that Uber had finally been okayed in Houston (I hate to see Dallas beat us on anything, argh) I downloaded the app.  We were heading to my high school reunion at a popular spot on Washington, where it’s a nightmare to park.  Friends dropped us off, and when we were ready to depart, I pulled up the app and let it be known we needed a ride.  Our car arrived within 2 minutes!  
 
The last time I tried to get a Yellow Cab to come pick me up via the Hailacab Houston app, I waited 25 minutes and finally had to find alternate means of transportation.  So far, this Uber thing seemed pretty cool.
 
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Posted by Tracy Dacus on September 17, 2014 - 8:46am
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Starting January 1, 2015, OSHA's updated record keeping rule will expand the list of severe injuries that all employers must report to OSHA.  Establishments located in states under federal OSHA jurisdiction must begin to comply with the new requirements; those located in states that operate their own safety and health programs should check with their state plan for the implementation date of the new requirements. 

 
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