March 31, 2017

In This Issue
NAHU’s Response to AHCA Abandonment and the Future of Healthcare Reform
Congressional Republicans Move on to Tax Reform, NAHU Vows to Protect the Employer Exclusion
NAHU Submits Comments on the Fiduciary Rule
Register Now for the Live from NAHU! Webinar on April 11 with NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein
This Week’s Podcast Discusses the Next Steps for Health Reform Following the Fall of the AHCA
NAHU Education Foundation’s Operation Engage – THANK YOU!
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
Tools
E-mail the Editor
Visit the NAHU Website
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What We’re Reading

Baseball returns this weekend as the Chicago Cubs look to defend their first World Series title in 108 years! In between innings this week, check out these reads.

NAHU’s Legislative Council Chairman David Mordo (D-NJ) was interviewed this week on what would happen if insurers pull out of the ACA marketplaces.

The IRS released new guidance providing relief from the fiduciary rule, which calls for a 15% excise tax of the “amount involved” in prohibited transactions, which can increase to 100% if the transactions aren't corrected within certain time frames.

After leading the lawsuit against the Obama Administration on the cost-sharing subsidies, Speaker Paul Ryan now says they should continue.

Politico breaks down the minute-by-minute breakdown of the AHCA.

The Washington Post gives Vice President Mike Pence four Pinocchios on his claim that selling health insurance across state lines will be just like car and life insurance.

Hundreds of agents and brokers took a survey on what the perfect healthcare bill would look like; they called for keeping coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, allowing the government to negotiate for Medicare prescription costs, enhancements to health savings accounts, and keeping the age-bands at a maximum of 3-to-1.

HHS Secretary Tom Price testified this week before the House Appropriations Committee.

Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, the top Democrats on the Hill, sent a letter to President Trump asking him to work with Democrats on ways to improve the ACA.

Charles Krauthammer writes that Republicans may only have one more chance to push for true market-based health policy before the country, and possibly President Trump, turn to single-payer as the answer.

Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Representative Charlie Dent (R-PA) discussed moderate Republican efforts on healthcare reform on this week’s Politico Pulse Check podcast.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is seeking input on the next steps for health reform with special attention to market stability and Medicaid.

The Kansas legislature approved Medicaid expansion in the state this week, but Governor Sam Brownback vetoed it. The margins were nearly veto-proof, but just short; however Brownback may move to the Trump Administration, possibly setting up reconsideration under a new governor.

California’s single-payer bill has new details this week on how the plan would work, although the cost details remain unknown.

If you’ve been putting off any major life goals, maybe consider ditching your TV.


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