NAHU Washington Update - 09/21/2018  (Plain Text Version)

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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


Fast Facts

  • NAHU joined the Partnership for America's Health Care Future, an industry coalition to advocate on behalf of preserving employer-provided health coverage and opposing efforts to enact “Medicare for All” or similar single-payer programs.
  • The Senate voted 99-1 to pass its opioids relief legislation. It will need to be conferenced with the House-passed version, but is expected to be sent to President Trump in the coming weeks.
  • Members of the bipartisan Senate health care price transparency working group introduced draft legislation aimed at addressing surprise medical billing at the federal level, adding onto the growing list of state legislative efforts on the issue.
  • The Senate voted 98-2 to pass S. 2554, the Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act, joining S. 2553 and H.R. 6733, parallel legislation addressing pharmaceutical gag clauses introduced as part of the White House’s America First prescription drug initiative.
  • If you missed yesterday’s NAHU member-exclusive Compliance Corner webinar on COBRA, you can view a recording here