November 20, 2015

In This Issue
NAHU Testifies on MLR at NAIC Meeting; Commissioners Consider Network Adequacy
Final Market Reform Rule Clarifies Standalone HRA Requirements and Finalizes Other Sub-Regulatory Guidance
An Update on NAHU’s Legislative Agenda
Full Speed at Futility
Come for the Bowling, Stay for the Speakers and Lobbying
LIVE FROM NAHU! ACA Employer Reporting – Form Completion How-Tos
The ShiftShapers Podcast with David Saltzman
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
Tools
E-mail the Editor
Visit the NAHU Website
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What We’re Reading

The Washington Update will be taking next week off as we give thanks and kick off the holiday season. This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful that Congress has finally turned the corner on passing much needed fixes to the ACA, including passing the PACE Act, repealing the auto-enrollment provision, and assuaging the impact of the proposed Medicare rates following our advocated fix. We’re hopeful that this is just a sign of what’s to come between now and the end of the year and that we can continue the progress in 2016.

CMS released their weekly snapshot of preliminary marketplace enrollment data; cumulatively about 1.1 million have made plan selections with roughly a third of them new enrollees.

Nearly a quarter million enrollees of the failed New York co-op are being picked up by three insurers.

The LA Times looks at the recent consolidation in the healthcare industry.

The employer mandate, which NAHU opposes, may be to blame for hampering growth among some smaller businesses nearing 50 employees.

A new survey finds that a quarter of all employers will be subject to the Cadillac/excise tax when it goes into effect in 2018.

A new Health Affairs study looks at the different financing options of long-term care.

New diagnostic tools are in the works to help doctors identify common infections and reduce the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

A lot of people simply don’t understand how antibiotics work.

In a head-scratching study of headaches, patients taking the brand-name placebos had better results than those taking the generic placebos.

Telemedicine is making big leaps in treating mental health conditions.

A new genetic technology, CRISPR, is showing huge promises in its genetic manipulation capabilities and is helping researchers to rapidly accelerate studies of cancer, autism, and AIDS.

Doctors in New York are pushing for the state to adopt a 12-week paid family leave program for the state, revising the state’s existing Temporary Disability Insurance system. Earlier this fall, the D.C. Council proposed a similar 16-week employer-based universal family leave plan.

A D.C. think tank believes we need a men's liberation movement.

Did you Uber your flu shot yesterday?

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