September 21, 2018



In This Issue
Fast Facts
NAHU Joins Coalition to Oppose Single-Payer Healthcare
Senate Transparency Group Proposes Surprise Medical Billing Reform
Healthcare Happy Hour Podcast: How the Opioids Bill Could Impact Employer Healthcare Costs
House and Senate to Reconcile Employer Costs of Opioids Legislation
State Spotlight: Medicare Cost Plans Set to End on December 31, Primarily Affecting Seniors Primarily in Minnesota
Miss Yesterday’s Compliance Corner Webinar on COBRA? Watch It Now!
Register for NAHU’s Affinity Partner’s Webinar Next Tuesday
Are You Ready for Open Enrollment?
HUPAC Roundup: How Democrats Have Co-Opted the ACA in Political Ads This Election
What We’re Reading
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What We’re Reading
Is October baseball really only a week away? Are the November elections really just 46 days away? This week we’re reading about the many healthcare issues defining this year’s midterms—and the ACA is not necessarily the main story.
  • How have Democrats made healthcare their main focus over the past few months? This is their strategy.
  • Short-term health plans are still in the spotlight. After the administration issued a final rule to expand their availability several months ago, many advocacy groups are still unsatisfied.
  • According to this analysis, chances are you’ve seen more than one political campaign ad about health care recently.
  • Polling shows a heightened public concern about pre-existing conditions. How are Republicans handling this?
  • The Senate overwhelmingly embraced a budget package which would free up billions of dollars to be invested in many health and education programs. Surprisingly, much of this money is being taken from the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which was the center of debate in the failed White House’s rescission package earlier this year.
  • Tuesday of this week marked the 15th anniversary of Medicare Part D. On the same day, PhRMA CEO Stephen Ubl pressed Congress to reverse some 2017 provisions of the law that would supposedly cost drug makers billions of dollars.
  • Take a look at this comprehensive summary of the legislative proposals introduced by the 115 Congress to improve private health insurance.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services published a blog post outlining the federal government’s new strategy to protect against and adapt to emerging biological threats.
  • Many healthcare providers are increasingly examining the social determinants of health—the public health concept that environmental, social, and economic conditions contribute an individual’s well-being—to fight disease.
  • A recent study evaluated how Medicare’s bundled payments work and whether they’ve been effective since implementation.
  • For a break from healthcare and the elections, this article takes a look at possible World Series matchups. Could we handle another Cubs-Indians series?
  • Speaking of Cleveland sports hopes, today we’re celebrating the Browns for their first victory since Christmas Eve 2016.
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