NAHU Washington Update - 03/29/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Fast Facts
•  Leading House Democrats Unveil New Plan to Fortify ACA
•  NAHU Submits Comments on RFI for Grandfathered Plans
•  House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee Passes a Dozen Healthcare Bills
•  2020 Plan Year Announcements from CMS on Grandmothered Plans and AV Calculator
•  U.S. District Court Rules Administrationís AHP Final Rule as Illegal
•  NAHU Weighs in on Surprise Billing with HELP Committee
•  Senate HELP Committee Holds Hearing on Electronic Health Records
•  Healthcare Happy Hour
•  State Spotlight: Governor Phil Murphy Announces that New Jersey Will Move to a State-based Exchange
•  HUPAC Roundup
•  What We're Reading


What We're Reading

As your favorite team takes the field, here are a few reads for the seventh-inning stretch...

It’s that time of year again – opening day! Yesterday the first pitches of 2019 were thrown and fans around the country celebrated America’s Pastime. As your favorite team takes the field, here are a few reads for the seventh-inning stretch: 

  • Minnesota Republicans passed a $549 million reinsurance plan in 2017. A bill the Senate approved last week would extend it three years; however, a motion that would bring it to a floor vote failed.
  • Under Senate Bill 9 in Ohio, small businesses could see employees' health claims data in order to improve their bargaining position with insurance companies. Some stakeholders are concerned that this will negatively impact patient's privacy.
  • Virtual healthcare has allowed hospitals to achieve better results with fewer staff. However, Medicare typically only pays for virtual healthcare services when they serve patients in rural settings, where there may be physician shortages. See part one and part two of this two-part series on telehealth from the Washington Post.
  • The Trump Administration says the ACA should be completely struck down in the courts. If the case goes to the Supreme Court, it will be the third time the court will rule on the constitutionality of the ACA. In the meantime, House Democrats have unveiled a new plan to strengthen the ACA.
  • After President Trump vetoed the bill that would overturn his national emergency declaration, the House tried Tuesday to override his veto. However, the House fell quite short of the two-thirds majority needed to overturn the veto.
  • Rep. Jose Serrano (NY-15) has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020 due to being diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. He intends to serve the remainder of his current term.
  • Since the founding of each party, New York has had the most presidential nominees, at 25, 16 more than the state with the second most nominees: Illinois.
  • Your measles update for the week: There have now been at least 481 cases of measles diagnosed in the U.S. since Jan 1.
  • The deadly Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has surpassed 1,000 cases.
  • An article from Yahoo Finance gives a run-down of a few AI startups that are changing the healthcare industry.
  • Dr. Helen O. Dickens was the first African-American woman to become a board-certified OBGYN in Philadelphia and opened the first clinic for pregnant teens in Penn in 1967. She was a top-notch doctor and surgeon who helped further the field of women's reproductive health.
  • America’s farmers are in the middle of an economic crisis that has been driven by low prices, trade war pressures, and flooding.
  • John Oliver spoke to Monica Lewinsky about public shaming last week, and it was a very interesting look at the scandal and society’s reaction to it. For a more in-depth look at the issue, see Monica’s Ted Talk about the price of shame.