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Des Taylor, February 17, 1943 - August 27, 2013

Dear NAIFA-Texas Family,

It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we must inform you of the passing of Mr. Des Taylor.

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Sebelius Open to ‘Uniquely Texan’ Health Care

The Obama administration is open to talks with Texas about expanded health care for the poor, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday, though the state's top Republicans adamantly refuse to cooperate.

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House Votes to Delay Parts of PPACA

House Republicans voted to delay core provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), emboldened by the administration's concession that requiring companies to provide coverage for their workers next year may be too complicated.

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Treasury Delays until 2015 ACA Employer Responsibility Penalties

On July 2, Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Tax Policy, Mark Mazur, announced that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer assessments for failure to offer affordable qualified health insurance will not take effect until 2015. Mazur said Treasury will publish formal guidance on this delay (which is a consequence of Treasury’s decision to provide a one-year delay of the ACA’s information reporting requirements) “within a week.”

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Texans Take NAIFA Tax Message to Congress

Highlighting the April 9 visits by more than 60 Texans to members of the 113th Congress and their staffs were one-on-one discussions with both Texas Senators, Republican Whip John Cornyn, a member of the Finance Committee, and Junior Senator Ted Cruz.

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Texas Legislation Would Save Employers Money, Keep People Insured

A new rating method set to take effect Jan. 1, 2014 will likely result in rate increases of 40-100% for certain employers in Texas. New federal insurance reforms require "Small Employer Group" to be defined as employer groups having 1-100 employees, instead of Texas' current definition of 2-50 employees. "Modified Community Rating" requirements that apply to this group have been shown to result in significant rate increases.

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