NAHU Washington Update - 03/05/2021  (Plain Text Version)

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In this issue:
•  Fast Facts
•  Did You Miss the First Virtual Capitol Conference? Here’s What Happened
•  Senate Expected to Pass COVID-19 Relief Bill This Evening
•  An Overview of Key HHS and CMS Appointees
•  HHS Secretary Nominee Xavier Becerra Faces Senate Nomination Hearings
•  DOL Issues Clarification on Timeline Extensions and Outbreak Period
•  State Spotlight: Arkansas Considers New Medicaid Overhaul in Lieu of Work Requirements
•  Healthcare Happy Hour: 2021 Capitol Conference Recap (Part 1)
•  HUPAC Roundup: Ready or Not, Election Season is Back in Texas and Louisiana
•  What We're Reading


Fast Facts

  • NAHU hosted the 31st Annual – and first-ever virtual – Capitol Conference last week. Read our recap of the event here.
  • President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act Plan of 2021 is expected to pass the Senate today, but not without some hurdles.
  • As vital positions within HHS and CMS are filled, NAHU wants to provide you with a streamlined overview of the officials tapped, or confirmed, for these positions, including their professional history and what we could expect from them in their new posts based on their past statements.
  • President Biden’s nominee for secretary of HHS, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, faced both the Senate HELP and Finance Committees this week, where senators from both sides of the aisle had the opportunity to question Becerra on a wide variety of healthcare topics.
  • The DOL and IRS have issued clarified guidance on the Outbreak Period.
  • Following President Biden’s executive order establishing a new SEP from February 15 to May 15, healthcare consumers need an agent more than ever. Use this Media Advisory Template in your local media markets to promote using an agent. Additionally, you can download these social media templates to promote using an agent on your own social media platforms.
  • Want to know how important agents and brokers are to HHS for the new SEP? Watch CCIIO Acting Director Jeff Grant tell you about it here.