NAHU Washington Update - 04/27/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Fast Facts
•  NAHU Submits Comments on Proposed Expansion of Short-Term Plans
•  Are You Subscribed to NAHU’s Healthcare Happy Hour Podcast?
•  Compliance Cornered: Déjà vu — IRS Revises HSA Family limit
•  Congress Holds Hearings on Mental Health Parity and Opioids
•  12 Days Remaining for Legislative Council Applications
•  Register For the Catalyst for Payment Reform’s Virtual Event Next Tuesday
•  HUPAC Roundup
•  What We're Reading


Fast Facts

  • Subscribe to the NAHU Healthcare Happy Hour podcast on iTunes and Stitcher to get notified as soon as the weekly episode is posted.
  • NAHU submitted comments on the proposed expansion of short-term plans, recommending that plans clearly describe their limitations, deference be given to state regulators, and the maximum duration be limited to six months with one renewal.
  • The IRS announced that family high deductible health plans with a health savings account may treat $6,900 as the maximum contribution, overriding the $6,850 maximum that was established last year under the tax reform act.
  • NAHU successfully advocated against an amendment to opioid response legislation that would have enforced employer penalties for inadequate mental health networks that may have resulted in fewer voluntary offerings of mental healthcare resources.
  • The IRS issued guidance today that allows small employers to take advantage of the small business health care tax credit for 2017 and beyond, if there are no SHOP plans available in the county and if the employer's plan meets requirements for the tax credit in place prior to 2014.