September 29, 2017

 


 

In This Issue
Fast Facts
BREAKING NEWS: HHS Secretary Tom Price Resigns
Senate Scraps Vote on Graham-Cassidy Bill to Repeal and Replace the ACA
Register Now for the “Live from NAHU” Webinar on October 12 with NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein
President Trump Expected to Release Executive Order on Selling Insurance across State Lines
NAHU to Continue Advocacy for Employer Sponsored Insurance as the “Big Six” Release Tax Plan
Senators Introduce Legislation to Extend One-Year HIT Moratorium
Senate Unanimously Passes Chronic Care Bill with NAHU-Supported Value-Based Insurance Design Measures
Congress to Delay CHIP Reauthorization beyond Tomorrow’s Funding Deadline
What’s Next for Health Reform? Listen to this Week’s Podcast to Find Out!
Register Now for October’s Compliance Corner Webinar: Fuzzy on ERISA Required Disclosures?
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
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We’re celebrating the Chicago Cubs for earning third straight playoff appearance, the first time they have done so since their heyday of 1906-08. The defending world champs will come to Washington, D.C. to face the Nationals in the first round of the playoffs, starting next Friday.

CMS announced that individuals impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria will have until the end of the year to enroll in marketplace and Medicare coverage. Any consumer who lives in a county declared a disaster area by FEMA is eligible for this extension. NAHU specifically requested that the administration allow for this extension of the open enrollment period.

Oklahoma has withdrawn its application for an ACA Section 1332 waiver, citing the inability of CMS to approve the waiver by the state’s self-imposed deadline of September 25. The state requested this deadline in order to be able to put the waiver provisions in place by 2018. Although there were several provisions in the waiver that would have improved market stability, NAHU was concerned with the state’s request to implement a taxing authority for self-insured employers to help pay for reinsurance.

The Problem Solvers Caucus sent a letter to congressional leadership urging them to renew their focus on bipartisan healthcare proposals to provide immediate stability to the individual markets.

Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price to reverse the Obama Administration’s restrictions on short-term, limited-duration plans. NAHU submitted comments on these plans in August 2016, advocating that primary legal authority to regulate short-term policies should rest with the states with guidance by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

The repeal/replace fight may be in limbo, but the ACA still faces many hurdles over the next several months despite a reprieve from legislative attacks.

As Congress has debated how to dismantle the ACA, the Trump Administration has taken a more active role by reducing funding and promoting how the ACA has hurt Americans rather than how to enroll.

President Trump’s executive order permitting the sale of insurance across state lines might not be the panacea Administration officials expect, as the ACA already permits this practice and both insurers and insurance regulators have expressed little interest in implementing it.

Health Affairs released an article on consolidations among hospitals and post-acute-care facilities.

Democratic Senators Brian Schatz (HI), Elizabeth Warren (MA), Cory Booker (NJ) and Chris Murphy (CT) sent a letter to federal regulators asking for clarification on why HealthCare.gov has to be shut down for half the day most Sundays of open enrollment.

Former (fictional) President Selina Meyer raised the issue of breast cancer awareness as Julia Louis-Dreyfus announced that she is among the one in eight women to get breast cancer.

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) returned to the House floor on Thursday, just 15 weeks after he was shot at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game.

We even have something for Cleveland fans this week, after the Indians have put together one of the most impressive Septembers in recent memory, going 31-3 since August 24, on their way to their third 100-win season in franchise history.

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