November 10th, 2017

Washington Update from NAHU


Fast Facts

· The CBO released a report finding that repealing the ACA's individual mandate would reduce the federal budget deficit by $338 billion over a decade but lead to 13 million more uninsured and increase premiums by 10%.

· CMS issued new guidance on Section 1115 Medicaid waivers to help expedite the application process, develop a "fast-track" approval and simplify extensions for non-complex waivers.

· Voters in Maine approved a ballot measure to expand Medicaid. Statewide elections were also held in New Jersey, Virginia and Ohio, which voted against a proposed ballot measure to regulate prescription drug prices.

· Early-bird registration is now available for NAHU's 28th Annual Capitol Conference February 26-28, 2018. Prices increase by $100 on November 17.

· Applications are being accepted now through December 4 for NAHU's legislative awards that will be presented at Capitol Conference.

Congressional Republicans Reconsidering Individual Mandate Repeal in Tax Reform
House Republican leadership announced this week that they are considering adding an amendment to their tax reform plan that would repeal the ACA's individual mandate penalty...  Read More
Trump Administration Proposes Streamlining Medicaid Waivers
CMS released guidance on Monday that proposes streamlining the process for Medicaid waivers and state plan amendments... Read More
Maine Votes to Expand Medicaid as Other States Consider Similar Initiatives for 2018
 Maine will become the 32nd state (33rd if you include Washington, DC) to expand its Medicaid program, and the first to do so by a referendum, after voters approved the ballot measure 59% to 41%... Read More
Compliance Cornered: IRS Drops the Mic on Employer Shared Responsibility Payments
Head over to the Compliance Cornered blog to check out our latest post: IRS Drops the Mic on Employer Shared Responsibility Payments... Read More
Save $100 on Capitol Conference Registration by Registering Today!
Early-bird registration is available now through November 16 for NAHU's 28th Annual Capitol Conference. For more than 25 years, NAHU members have been coming to Washington, DC... Read More
Did You Miss Yesterday's Compliance Corner Webinar on Employer Reporting? Watch It Now!
Yesterday, Trey Tompkins, JD, MBA, from Admin America presented a NAHU member-exclusive Compliance Corner webinar, "ACA Employer Reporting Review: What's New, What's Confusing." The webinar reviewed the biggest changes that affect this year's filing... Read More
Still Need to Be Marketplace-Certified? Try NAHU's Dedicated Customer Support Training
The fifth open-enrollment period is underway and will last through December 15 for the federal marketplace. All agents and brokers are reminded that they must complete the federal marketplace registration and training in order to assist consumers with enrollment through Read More
Apply Now for NAHU's Annual Legislative Awards
Calling all NAHU health policy wonks! Applications are now being accepted for the Legislative Achievement, Spirit of Freedom and Legislative Excellence awards... Read More
The Washington Update Podcast Is on Break - Send us your Suggestions!
We're giving our voices a rest this week but we encourage all of our loyal listeners to send us feedback on the podcast and let us know of any topics you'd like us to cover or a question you would like us to address in an upcoming episode... Read More
HUPAC Roundup
The November 7th election results mark a momentous occasion for Democrats looking to further engage and mobilize their base as they set their sights on the 2018 midterm elections... Read More
What We're Reading
We're well into the second week of open enrollment and we encourage all NAHU members to take advantage of the new resources available to help enroll your clients... Read More