June 8, 2018



In This Issue
Fast Facts
Senate Cancels Majority of August Recess to Focus on Judicial Nominations
HHS Secretary Testifies on Agency’s Priorities and Market Stability Regulatory Efforts
House Holds Hearing on HSA Improvements
NAHU’s Healthcare Happy Hour Unpacks a Week of Hearings, Announcements and Primaries
Garden State Passes Individual Mandate after Administration Zeroes out Penalties
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Fast Facts
  • NAHU’s lobbyists provide an inside scoop on this week’s congressional hearings and Tuesday’s primary elections on the NAHU Healthcare Happy Hour. Subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher to listen to the episode on your device.
  • The House of Representatives voted 210-206 on Thursday to pass H.R. 3, a revised rescissions package from the White House that would terminate nearly $7 billion in unused funding for CHIP, among other programs. The Senate must still pass it by a simple-majority vote for the rescissions to take effect.
  • The House held a hearing with HHS Secretary Alex Azar on the Trump Administration’s healthcare regulatory priorities and a hearing on consumer-directed plans, where NAHU and our coalition partners promoted H.R. 5138, the Bipartisan HSA Improvement Act.
  • Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that the Senate would not hold its full recess as planned, but will take a one-week break, while the House takes its full August recess. NAHU encourages members to meet with their federal legislators during this time.
  • The Justice Department announced that it would no longer defend the ACA’s individual mandate constitutionality and the law’s consumer protections, including community rating and prohibitions on pre-existing conditions. A group of 17 Democratic-led states have standing in the case and are likely to defend the law on the Trump Administration’s behalf.
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