October 1, 2021

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Fast Facts
Federal Agencies Release Second Installment of Surprise-Billing Regulations
Democratic Infighting Delays Reconciliation Process
Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the Commonsense Reporting Act
Plan-Year 2022 Marketplace Registration and Training for New Agents and Brokers
Please Submit Any Follow-Up Info from Your In-District Meetings
State Spotlight: Four States Chosen for New CMS Innovation Model Aimed at Rural Healthcare
Healthcare Happy Hour: Employer Reporting Bill Introduced as Democrats Continue Reconciliation Debate
HUPAC Roundup: Virginia Elections Slowly Drift Toward a Toss-up
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Fast Facts

  • HHS, DOL and Treasury Department released “Part 2” of the regulations surrounding the ban on balance-billing that was included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This interim final rule outlines the arbitration process triggered by balance-billing claims.
  • According to Speaker Nancy Pelosi, there will be a vote tonight on the bipartisan $1 trillion INVEST in America Act, as Democrats scramble to put together a reconciliation bill that the entire party in both chambers can agree on.
  • Representatives Mike Thompson (D-CA) and Adrian Smith (R-NE) introduced H.R. 5318 last week, which would provide much-needed relief for employers seeking to comply with the reporting requirements for enforcement of the ACA's individual and employer mandates. Contact your legislators and ask them to support this legislation.
  • On Tuesday, October 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET, CMS will host a webinar providing updates and information a new agent or broker will need to successfully operate in the Marketplace. Click here for information on how to attend.
  • Please submit any follow-up info from your summer in-district meetings here. Be sure to include the name of the member of Congress, date and time of the meeting.

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