September 22, 2017


 

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Fast Facts
Senate Scraps Bipartisan Healthcare Fixes after Trump Administration Announces Opposition
Senate Vote Next Week on Graham-Cassidy Plan to Repeal/Replace Portions of the ACA is Uncertain following Opposition Announcements
NAHU Sends Labor Department’s ERISA Advisory Council Support Letter on Reducing the Burden of Mandated Disclosures
Senate Finance Leaders Introduce CHIP-Reauthorization Bill
How Could Graham-Cassidy Lead to Single Payer? Listen to this Week’s Podcast to Find Out
Compliance Cornered: EAPs Pose Compliance Complications
Did You Miss Yesterday’s Compliance Corner Webinar on Understanding Medicare Interactions with Group Insurance? Watch It Now
Get Ready for Fall by Completing your Annual Marketplace Training
HUPAC Roundup
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Senate Finance Leaders Introduce CHIP-Reauthorization Bill

On Monday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced the introduction of S. 1827 to reauthorize funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) for an additional five years. The plan calls for gradually eliminating the 23% federal matching rate under the ACA. Those funds would be maintained for 2018 and 2019, and would be cut in half in 2020 before being fully eliminated by 2021, after which states will receive the same funding levels they received prior to the ACA. The proposal also includes a provision preventing states from reducing eligibility for children to pre-ACA levels, and retains a maintenance-of-effort requirement through September 2019, after which it would cover families with incomes below 300% of the federal poverty level. At this time, it is unclear if this legislation will be advanced prior to funding expiring next Saturday. The program’s last reauthorization was in 2015 and is currently set to expire at the end of the month.

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