September 30, 2016

 

 

 

In This Issue
House Introduces NAHU-Backed Legislation to Treat COBRA as Creditable Coverage
Washington Update Audio Version Hosted by Special Guest, NAHU Legislative Council Chair Dave Mordo
Limited Seats Remaining—Register Now for Live from NAHU! on October 5
Congress Avoids Shutdown, Passes Bill to Allow Individual Mandate Exemption
Compliance Cornered: Cash-in-Lieu Options Face Compliance Hurdles in 2017
Register Now for Next Month’s Compliance Corner Webinar on Wellness
Open Enrollment is a Month Away—Are You Ready?
The ShiftShapers Podcast with David Saltzman
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
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What We’re Reading

The first presidential debate on Monday can only mean one thing for this weekend—Saturday Night Live will be here to give us their version of both Trump and Clinton as we count down the remaining weeks until Election Day.

More states are considering implementing public health insurance plans to offer coverage in their state’s marketplace to combat low private competition. NAHU continues to be a leading opponent of any form of a public option—federal or state—and recently adopted a position paper outlining our concerns.

The New England Journal of Medicine asked the candidates to list their top healthcare policy changes, with Hillary Clinton naming improvements to the ACA at top of her health policy list. She again advocated for a public option, allowing older seniors to buy-into Medicare at age 55, and continuing the Medicaid expansion. Donald Trump opted not to respond to the journal’s request, deviating from previous Republican nominees including Romney, McCain and Bush.

The Government Accountability Office released a report yesterday indicating that the Obama administration has been illegally sending payments to health insurers instead of to the federal Treasury for the law’s reinsurance program.

Senators Mike Lee (R-UT), John Barrasso (R-WY), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Sasse (R-NE) sent a letter to Obama administration officials regarding the risk-corridor program.

CMS released a final rule on long-term care facilities, its first in a quarter-century. The rule seeks to improve quality and safety measures and reduce unnecessary hospital readmissions and infections.

The Obama administration is making another effort to get millenials signed up for ACA plans with the new #HealthyAdulting hash-tag.

Donald Trump had a lot of thoughts on “cyber” during Monday’s debate. Maybe he can serve as an interested party on the NAIC’s workgroup, which just released their second draft cyber paper.

Student workers at the University of Wisconsin will have their hours cut to 29 to avoid the employer mandate.

The New York Times Upshot compares the ACA marketplaces to an all-you-can-eat buffet—you have to get the pricing right to get it to work.

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