January 4, 2019

In This Issue
Fast Facts
NAHU Submits Comments on Proposed Expansion of Health Reimbursement Arrangements
New Congress Convenes and Votes to End Government Shutdown
State Spotlight
Save the Date for the Compliance Corner Webinar on Employer Reporting
Final Days to Save $50 on Capitol Conference Registration
HUPAC Roundup
What We’re Reading
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What We’re Reading

The Healthcare Happy Hour podcast will return next week. Until then, check out this week’s reads on everything from how Democrats may be using Medicare-for-All as a bargaining chip for other healthcare measures to how the rising costs of healthcare is affecting even the most well-off families.

  • Here’s how the federal government shutdown has affected public health programs.
  • President Trump is suggesting that the Texas v. U.S. case challenging the ACA’s individual mandate will lead to the health law being overturned and for a new federal health law to be created by his administration.
  • The 2020 presidential election is expected to draw significant attention to Medicare-for-All as Democratic candidates call for its adoption, but that could ultimately be a deliberate strategy to get support for adopting more moderate proposals.
  • Bloomberg spent the last year following families across the country that opted against purchasing health insurance, many of whom otherwise lived comfortable lives with six-figure incomes.
  • Kaiser Health News took a deep dive on families with six-figure incomes, who have insurance but still struggle with the bills.
  • Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant is in discussions to adopt Medicaid expansion during the final year of his governorship, joining 37 states that have expanded their programs.
  • California Governor Gavin Newsome announced the top appointments for his incoming administration, and they suggest he may have big plans for healthcare in the Golden State.
  • What are your New Year’s resolutions and how did you come up with them? The Atlantic looks at how consumerist practices influence our resolutions.
  • In case you missed it, here’s Dave Barry’s Year in Review.
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