Weekend update

The FEHBlog was out of town over the weekend. He returned home late last night in time either to bang out the weekend update or watch the end of the World Series game. As it’s Monday, you can guess which choice he made (and what an exciting end to the game).

The Hill’s Floor Action blog reports that Congress is in session this week.

Also looking down the pike, reginfo.gov tells us that HHS recently submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review a rule implementing a law affecting the FEHBP and other group health plan that was enacted almost five years ago.

AGENCY: HHS-CMS RIN: 0938-AR81
TITLE: HIPAA Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 Amendments (CMS-4140-F)
STAGE: Final Rule ECONOMICALLY SIGNIFICANT: Yes
RECEIVED DATE: 10/18/2013 LEGAL DEADLINE: None

In fairness to HHS, health plans have been operating under an interim final rule since 2010 when the law took effect.  OMB review is the last step before publication in the Federal Register.

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