NAHU Washington Update - 05/24/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Fast Facts
•  Senate Committee Releases Draft Legislation to Require Broker-Compensation Disclosure
•  NAHU Seeks Passage of Employee Flexibility Act
•  House Holds Hearings on Surprise Billing and Single-Payer Costs
•  State Spotlight: Louisiana Finalizes Its “Netflix Model” to Tackle Drug Prices
•  Healthcare Happy Hour: Don’t Be Surprised by this Week’s Topic
•  Register Now for the “Live from NAHU” Webinar on June 20
•  HUPAC Roundup: Special Elections Held to Get Closer to a Full House
•  What We’re Reading


Fast Facts

  • The Senate HELP Committee released bipartisan discussion draft legislation to lower healthcare costs and address surprise billing, along with a provision that would require disclosure of broker compensation.
  • NAHU activated Operation Shout in support of the Employee Flexibility Act to restore the 40-hour workweek from the ACA’s 30-hour benefit eligibility threshold.
  • The Democratic attorneys general filed their response to the 5th Circuit appeal of the Texas v. U.S. case challenging the constitutionality of the ACA absent the individual mandate penalties. The Democrats argue that the Republicans lack legal standing and have no plausible legal ground for the broad policy change. Oral arguments in the appeal will begin on July 9.
  • The Senate blocked legislation offered by Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Doug Jones (D-AL) to rescind the Administration rule on short-term plans. The House passed its version of legislation to rescind the rule last week.
  • NAHU will be hosting a special LIVE from NAHU webinar event on the ongoing legal challenges to the ACA and Trump Administration rulemaking on June 20 at noon Eastern. NAHU members are encouraged to attend this session through events sponsored by their local chapters.