March 22, 2019





In This Issue
Fast Facts
NAHU Calls on Congress to Fix the Two-Midnight Rule
NAHU Coalition Urges Action on Surprise Billing
CMS Releases "Master the Marketplace Anywhere, Anytime"
State Spotlight: Maine Protects Pre-existing Conditions
Healthcare Happy Hour
Miss Yesterday’s Webinar on Section 125 Best Practices?
HUPAC Roundup
What We're Reading
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What We're Reading
  • According to a recent GAO report, there may be several companies selling health insurance in a given market, but we've previously found that most people generally enroll with one of a few companies. When that happens, it can mean less competition and higher premiums for that area.
  • Some states are attempting to control costs of state employee health plans by basing their reimbursement rates off of Medicare rates. For example, in North Carolina, the Treasurer is planning to start paying hospitals Medicare rates plus 82 percent, which would save the state more than $258 million annually while offering a reasonable profit margin.
  • Idaho's new Medicaid expansion bill would require 20 hour/week work requirements for some recipients, and would force individuals who are between 100%-138% of the federal poverty level continue paying for private insurance on the state marketplace.
  • Non-compete clauses for physicians are leading to a discontinuity of care for patients.
  • 1/3 of uninsured individuals do not take medicines they need because they cannot afford them.
  • While the digitization of health records was good in theory, the reality of its implementation has been disastrous.
  • The World Health Organization has said that refusal to be vaccinated or vaccinate your children is a global public health threat. The FDA commissioner agrees, and adds that vaccines could improve the current workings of the Healthcare system. As we have mentioned throughout the past few weeks, there have been a measles outbreak, a mumps outbreak, a chicken pox outbreak and a case of tetanus from 2017 that resulted in 74 days in the hospital and cost over $800,000.
  • This deeper dive into the biological differences between men and women that affect how our bodies react to medicine is a follow up from last week’s article.
  • Nebraska and Iowa have had historic levels of flooding in the past week, and it is likely to get worse for the Great Plains and upper Midwestern states.
  • The U.S. doesn't know what to do with all its recycling materials as recycling becomes more expensive, leading to cities cancelling their recycling programs, sending the recycling materials to landfills or burning it.
  • An eight-hour workday is an ineffective work schedule: one hour of focused work followed by a 15-minute break leads to the most productive workers, based on a study by the Draugiem Group.
  • Think you can win a trade war? This simulation by FiveThirtyEight is a fun look into how trade wars and tariffs work.
  • Fast Fashion is killing our planet. Consumers bought 60 percent more clothes in 2014 than 2000, but kept each garment half as long.
  • A mom has been dressing up her adorable nine-month-old as influential women and the pictures are wonderful.
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