State of the HUnion

We will be able to hit the ground running, as this past cycle HUPAC had a 95% win rate on the candidates we funded. That’s the best showing ever by HUPAC. It was a significant improvement from the 2012 cycle, when HUPAC had a 77% win rate, and from 2014, when we had 91% win rate. This means your hard-earned dollars are being strategically invested and we get the biggest bang for our buck! It also means that many of our supporters and friends are returning to Congress, which will help us push our legislative agenda in this new Congress.

Click here to read the full edition of the State of the HUnion.




Holiday Party December 13th

Save the Date for the annual SWIAHU Holiday Party
Where:  RiRa’s Irish Pub
When:  Tuesday, December 13 / 4 – 7 pm

It’s time to celebrate the wind down of 4th quarter, the Christmas Holiday and our future with a new administration.  Please join us for some fun conversation, heavy hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  There will be two (2) complimentary drink tickets per guest and a cash bar.

Attendance prizes drawn throughout the evening!

Please RSVP to Brenda Rehl at

Thank you to our sponsor:

Holiday Savings

NAHU is offering an early holiday present to members. 

Purchase a certification course before December 31, 2016, and receive 30% off the advertised course price! Available courses include newly updated versions of our current programs and a new Medicare Certification:
  •  Consumer Directed Health Care (CDHC)
  • Self-Funded
  • Voluntary Worksite
  • Corporate Wellness
  • Medicare
  • HIPAA Privacy and Security Training 2.0
  • Patient Protection Affordable Care Act
  • Benefit Account Manager

Did you know that NAHU’s existing certification courses are included in the newly acquired Registered Employee Benefits Consultant (REBC) curriculum? Earning certifications puts students on the fast track to earning their REBC designation! Additional information is available on the NAHU website.

Thinking about earning more CE credits in 2017? NAHU can help you make your New Years’ resolution early, with discounted course fees! Click here and type NAHUYES in the subject line and provide your full name and company to receive the discount code for your purchases.

Court Grants Nationwide Injunction Against Obama Administration’s Unlawful Overtime Rule


flsa1WASHINGTON-A federal judge issued a nationwide injunction blocking a sweeping regulation set to qualify millions more Americans for overtime pay Dec. 1, delivering a blow to one of President Barack Obama’s signature workplace rules.

The Labor Department completed the rule in May as part of the Obama administration’s goal to restore and expand the middle class — either by raising incomes for workers in industries such as retail, food service and beyond or by giving them back personal time they’ve forgone while working extra hours unpaid.

The rule would require employers to start paying overtime to workers earning salaries of less than $47,476 a year-a threshold the business community and many states say is too big a jump from the current $23,660 last updated in 2004. Some workers whose salaries exceed the threshold can qualify for overtime pay depending on job duties.

Even without court action, the fate of the rule has been far from assured as it also faces a possible strong challenge from Donald Trump, the president-elect who has vowed to roll back business regulations.

The injunction was issued Tuesday by Judge Amos Mazzant in Texas.

Judge Mazzant in the order said the challengers had made a sufficient case “that the Department’s salary level under the Final Rule and the automatic updating mechanism are without statutory authority.”

The Labor Department wasn’t immediately available for comment.

The legal challenges to the rule originated as two separate complaints-one by a group of twenty-one states and the other by a coalition of more than 50 business groups. The plaintiffs, whose cases have since been consolidated, sought to overturn the rule on the grounds that it overstepped the government’s authority.

Among other things, the lawsuit originally filed by the states alleged that a mechanism in the rule that automatically will increase the overtime threshold every three years was finalized without going through a rule-making process plaintiffs contend is required by law. The plaintiffs said that step — an unprecedented move made by the Labor Department-means stakeholders won’t have the chance to provide their input before the massive changes take effect.
See the full ruling here:


Anthem threatens Obamacare retreat if results don’t improve-IBJ

rop-anthem-032816-2colAnthem Inc. said it may join other major U.S. health insurers in largely pulling out of Obamacare’s markets in 2018 if its financial results under the program don’t improve next year. If Indianapolis-based Anthem retreats from the Affordable Care Act, it  would mean that almost all of the major American for-profit health insurers have substantially pulled back from the law. The other big insurers—UnitedHealth Group Inc., Aetna Inc. and Humana Inc.—have already scaled back, after posting massive losses. The retreats threaten to further destabilize coverage . . .

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October 5 Meeting Information

trautwein-webinar-october-5-meetingPlease join us for our member meeting Wednesday, October 5 at Deaconess Gateway.

Registration begins at 10:30 and the Webinar with NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein starts promptly at 11.

Lunch will be served so please RSVP by Monday, October 3.

Also note: The week of October 2nd has been proclaimed Health Insurance Awareness Week by Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

IU Health Plans quitting Obamacare exchange, citing ‘heightened financial uncertainty’ Plans

ibjThe move combined with other insurer defections will leave Hoosiers with just five Obamacare marketplace options.

Indiana University Health Plans is pulling out of the Obamacare marketplace in Indiana, just one month after state regulators approved its proposal to raise premiums nearly 15 percent.

IU Health Plans said Monday afternoon it had “restructured its product offerings for 2017” and no longer will be offering individual plans on the exchange. It said the change was necessary “to adapt to new market dynamics” as well as uncertainty created by withdrawals of several other insurers.

The health insurance marketplace in Indiana and other states faced “heightened financial uncertainty,” James T. Parker, president of IU Health Plans, said in a statement.

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