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    So, what's on hold ( for the ACA ) ? Here's a quick summary of what the Obama administration is holding off on.

    1. State-run marketplaces will not have to verify consumers' claims that they do not receive health insurance from their employer. As Sandhya Somashekhar and I reported Friday, the health law relies partially on the federal government knowing who receives employer-sponsored insurance and who does not. Anyone who receives an affordable offer of health insurance from their employer (less than 9.5 percent of their income) does not qualify for a federal tax credit.

    Initially, the federal government had told the 17 state-based marketplaces that it could handle the heavy lifting of monitoring claims by applicants that they did not receive employer-sponsored insurance. But after encountering "legislative and operational barriers," the federal government has decided it does not have the manpower. Moreover, it will not require the states running their own marketplaces to do this check until 2015.

    The upshot of this delay is that you could see some people who shouldn't qualify for tax subsidies, because of their employer-sponsored insurance, getting them anyway. This wouldn't be unprecedented: During the initial roll out of Medicare Part D, some seniors who should not have received low-income subsidies got them anyway.

    The GOP House being obsessed with not funding enforcement of the laws they pass can be a good thing sometimes I guess

    Beer Drinkers & Hell Raisers

    by Patango on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 07:35:10 PM PDT

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