September 23, 2016





In This Issue
NAHU Adopts Position Paper Opposing the Public Option
NAHU Sends Letter on Verification of Special Enrollment Period Pilot Program
NAHU Sends IRS Letter on Employer Reporting Forms
Congress Gives Itself Another Week to Avoid a Shutdown
Compliance Cornered: Telemedicine — A Growing Benefit Offer
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The ShiftShapers Podcast with David Saltzman
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
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What We’re Reading

We’re gearing up for one of the most anticipated presidential debates on Monday by reading all about what to anticipate in this anything but predictable election year.

A new report from the Urban Institute finds that marketplace benchmark plans are 10% cheaper than their employer-based counterparts on average. The comparison does not take into account the contributions offered by employers that can make plans more affordable to employees.

The Manchin family and the EpiPen controversy are why so many Americans are fed up with Washington, according to the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza. A recent Kaiser brief found that Medicare’s EpiPen costs increased 1,151% from 2007 to 2014.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation this week that would cap out-of-pocket spending for Medicare plans at $5,500, in-line with Medicare Advantage plans.

Democrats in the Senate are hopeful that Republicans will join them on health reform fixes next year.

Conservative columnist Michael Gerson wrote that a Trump victory could be attributed to Democrat’s push for health reform. In response, Jonathan Chait wrote that it was the Republican grandstanding on health reform that created the environment for Trump.

The Trump/Clinton debate is dividing families along generational, geographic, and other lines.

Donald Trump began assembling his potential presidential transition team, picking Tomas Philipson to head HHS-related policy. But after a week, Philipson was reportedly dismissed by the Trump campaign.

CDHPs now account for three-in-ten employer-based plans, up from two-in-ten in 2014.

The Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit this week looks at ways to better engage consumers on reforming healthcare.

Morning Consult came out with a new poll on state governors this week, giving Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker high marks with a 70% approval rating and Kansas Governor Sam Brownback at the bottom with 71% disapproving.

A lot of Alaskans were asking “What’s up with Begich” over the past two weeks after former Senator Mark Begich contemplated a write-in campaign against Lisa Murkowski. Yesterday, he announced he would not run.

There may be some truth to the “five second rule” for food that falls on the floor, but for the most part any contact is going to lead to some bacterial contamination.

The Smithsonian’s African American History and Culture museum opens today and the Washington Post offers us a sneak peek inside.

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