NRF warns of ‘regulatory train wreck’ with healthcare regulations
WASHINGTON — The National Retail Federation told a congressional panel Wednesday that the Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and Treasury have used too much informal guidance and not enough formal rule-making in developing regulations to implement the new healthcare reform law, complicating retailers’ and other employers’ ability to plan for what will be required in 2014. NRF is concerned that the situation is the latest example of regulatory uncertainty that is hampering businesses’ attempts to expand and create jobs.
"Our nation cannot afford for the ACA to stumble out of the starting gate," NRF VP and employee benefits policy counsel Neil Trautwein said. "A cascade of last-minute regulations will create confusion and thus could encourage more employers to back out of coverage. We are trying to help prevent what threatens to become a regulatory train wreck."
Trautwein was scheduled to testify at a hearing Wednesday afternoon by the House Ways and Means Committee’s Health Subcommittee on implementation of healthcare exchanges and other provisions that will be required under the Affordable Care Act beginning in January 2014.
Trautwein said retailers typically plan health care benefits for their employees six to nine months in advance, meaning that details of the 2014 requirements need to be known no later than the end of first quarter 2013. Retailers would like to have regulations in place this year, and are "greatly concerned" that "fast-approaching deadlines for key issues" might not be met.
HeadBlade introduces new head shaving model
NEW YORK — After three years in development, HeadBlade is introducing its most innovative design since the original HeadBlade Classic in 1999. Enter the HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Razor.
The new HeadBlade ATX All Terrain Razor is now available online and will hit retail stores in early 2013. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for ATX is $15 at headblade.com; the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for HB4 Blade Refills is $11.97 at headblade.com.
It is a completely new design that will be compatible with HeadBlade’s most advanced blade offering yet: the HB4 Blade Cartridge.
The ATX All Terrain Razor utilizes HeadBlade’ s patented finger ring and car-like suspension, but the new design now has the blade suspended in the back by a spring action device, reducing any learning curve and virtually eliminating the chance of nicks or cuts, the company stated. This new configuration also allows the ATX All Terrain Razor to be used as a multipurpose shaver, suitable for the face, body and legs. The HB4 Cartridge features improved blade quality with new open back architecture and flow-through design that allows for easy rinsing.
What sets HeadBlade razors apart, the company stated, is the fact that the user is able to shave by feel (with the razor sitting closer to the head and the user being able to touch the head with fingers while shaving). Launched in 1999, the original HeadBlade was offered with generic twin blade refills. In 2005, the HeadBlade Sport Razor was introduced with HeadBlade’s first OEM blade offering: the HB3 triple blades. The addition of wheels provided a smoother shave and made the razor more intuitive for the first-time user (the HeadBlade is meant to be driven like a car). Since then, all models have had a similar design to ensure ease and comfort for the user.
New Softlips Marshmallow Ghost hits shelves just in time for Halloween
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Mentholatum Co.’s Softlips brand has announced the launch of a new Halloween-themed lip balm that is hitting retail stores in early September.
The new Softlips Marshmallow Ghost will be featured as part of a Halloween-themed two-pack that includes the Softlips Vanilla lip balm.
Softlips Marshmallow Ghost features the flavor and fragrance of fresh, fluffy marshmallows. To make this pack even more bewitching, Softlips Marshmallow Ghost also will be offered in a limited edition black stick — a Halloween-appropriate twist on Softlips’ traditional white stick.
Both Softlips Marshmallow Ghost and Softlips Vanilla are moisturizing lip protectants with SPF 20, making them ideal for the upcoming colder months.