December 4, 2015

In This Issue
Senate Approves Reconciliation to Repeal the ACA
Payment Parameters Rule
Congress Gets Things Done – NAHU Urges Repealing the Cadillac/Excise Tax before Year’s End
NAIC Holds its Fall Meeting and Approves the Network Adequacy Model Act
Limited Seats Remaining on Next Week’s LIVE From NAHU Webinar
The ShiftShapers Podcast with David Saltzman
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
Tools
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What We’re Reading

The Washington Update is back after our Thanksgiving hiatus, which has given us plenty of time to catch up on our holiday reading—the 2017 Benefit and Payment Parameters proposed rule, released just in time for the holiday! If like us, you’re looking to turn the page from the latest federal rulemaking, then we suggest checking out this week’s links.

A new analysis by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds that 14% of existing silver-level PPO plans and 45% of new silver-level PPO plans have no annual cap for out-of-network costs.

After years of slow growth, health spending grew by 5.3% to $3 trillion in 2014, due largely to implementation of health reform.

Paul Ryan is laying out his vision for the healthcare replacement plan in 2016.

The Supreme Court heard arguments on Vermont’s Green Mountain Care Board’s requirement for insurers to provide data on payments to medical providers. There are 18 states that have databases to track prices that insurers pay.

Kentucky’s new governor plans to dismantle Kynect and shift consumers to healthcare.gov.

United may be pulling out of the marketplaces in the coming years after regretting its decision to jump into them.

Reconciliation is headed for the president, and both parties plan to use this to their advantage for the 2016 elections.

Health insurance literacy is a major hurdle for many consumers—many would rather pay their taxes than attempt to figure out plans.

The American Community Survey, a treasure trove of indispensable data including on health insurance coverage, is consistently on Congress’s chopping block.

Planning to watch the upcoming Will Smith Concussion movie? First read the story that started the crisis.

Ted Cruz released 13 hours of raw footage from his presidential campaign, the Daily Show had a field day making mock movie trailers, and is now asking everyone to #CruzYourOwnAdventure.

Is yoga bad for you?

“Scrooged” is wishing everyone a Very Murray Christmas.

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