NAHU Washington Update - 06/07/2019  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Fast Facts
•  NAHU Responds to Proposal to Require Broker Compensation Disclosure
•  House Democrats Request Information on ACA Enrollment Changes
•  NAHU Coalition Calls for Full Repeal of the Cadillac Tax
•  Healthcare Happy Hour: NAHU Responds to Broker Compensation Disclosure Proposal
•  State Spotlight: Who Killed the Public Option?
•  Get on Your Lawmakers’ Calendars for the August Recess
•  Register Now for the “Live from NAHU” Webinar on June 20
•  HUPAC Roundup: A New State Could Yield Two More Democratic Senators
•  What We’re Reading


What We’re Reading

We are eagerly awaiting the release of the final rule on the expansion of health reimbursement arrangements, which is expected...

We are eagerly awaiting the release of the final rule on the expansion of health reimbursement arrangements, which is expected any day now. Until then, we’ll have to make due with these reads.

  • Several conservative think tank and policy groups launched the Coalition Against Socialized Medicine that complements the message being advanced by NAHU’s coalition, the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future.

  • Looking for a preview of the upcoming LIVE from NAHU webinar on the legal challenges to the ACA and Trump Administration regulatory policies? Check out Politico’s Pulse Check podcast with Katie Keith and the ongoing legal challenges and efforts to re-shape the law through executive action.

  • Politico reports that after years of volatility, premium increases in the ACA marketplaces are on track to be relatively modest for the second straight year.

  • Kaiser Health News looks into the practice of churches that are working with nonprofits to retire medical debt of low-income patients.

  • While NAHU strongly contends that the employer-based system of providing health insurance coverage is the most efficient means, not all employers are on board with the idea. Kaiser Health News gives us this look at a Pennsylvania-based employer who was forced to offshore much of his operations and believes that decoupling insurance from work will benefit employers and employees alike.

  • Families USA's Stan Dorn argues in Health Affairs that ending “silver loading” would cause “massive disruption” in the marketplaces.

  • The Washington Post published an article on how Pfizer may have found a breakthrough on Alzheimer’s disease, but opted not to act. EndPoint argues that that wasn’t the full story.

  • CMS issued a request for information on how to reduce doctors administrative burden, including ways to improve reporting and documentation requirements and prior authorization procedures.

  • House Democrats are planning to hold an event featuring psychiatrists who will warn that President Trump’s mental health makes him unfit for office, following a similar event held at the National Press Club in March that featured 13 experts discussing Trump’s fitness for office.

  • A Harvard study in the Journal of Adolescent Health finds that children and young adults who consumed dietary supplements for weight loss, muscle building and energy appear to be at greater risk for serious medical events.