Monthly Archives: July 2017

The Senate Voted 49-51 to Reject the Health Care Freedom Act

 

 

Shortly after 1:30 a.m. today, the Senate voted 49-51 to reject the Health Care Freedom Act (HCFA), a “skinny repeal” of the ACA. The pared-down version was attempted after previous efforts to pass a more sweeping repeal of the law have failed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) began floating the idea early in the week before ultimately releasing the text of the bill at 10 p.m. Thursday, just two hours before the vote. Republican Senators Susan Collins (ME), Lisa Murkowski (AK), and John McCain (AZ) joined all Democrats in voting no, while all other Republicans voted in favor. With the failure of this vote, congressional Republicans will no longer be able to use the budget reconciliation process to repeal provisions of the ACA until the next fiscal year and will instead have to move legislation under regular order that would require 60 votes for passage in the Senate. More details on the activity in the Senate this week will be in today’s Washington Update.

NAHU supports efforts that could potentially attract bipartisan support from legislators to help stabilize the marketplaces. We have long advocated for making piecemeal changes to the ACA that can achieve bipartisan support and therefore pass Congress and be signed into law. NAHU has been able to garner bipartisan support on a number of smaller changes to the ACA, including a delay to the Cadillac/excise tax and Health Insurance Tax, and repeal of the small-group expansion and auto-enrollment provisions, the law’s 1099 requirement, the long-term care CLASS Act and the $2,000/4,000 deductible cap. Without a clear plan for moving a larger package to repeal and replace significant portions of the ACA, NAHU will continue to advocate for changes to the law where lawmakers can find consensus in order to stabilize the market.

Finally, until any legislation or regulations are formally enacted into law, the ACA remains the law of the land and all of its mandates, penalties, and enforcement remains in effect and your employer and individual clients should continue to follow all rules and regulations that are currently in place.

 

McConnell: Senate will try to repeal ObamaCare with delayed replacement

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said on Monday night the Senate will try to separate the ObamaCare repeal and replacement efforts, closing the door on the current GOP healthcare legislation.

“In the coming days, the Senate will vote to take up the House bill with the first amendment in order being what a majority of the Senate has already supported in 2015 and that was vetoed by then-President Obama: a repeal of Obamacare with a two-year delay to provide for a stable transition period,” McConnell said in a statement.

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Please join us

Tuesday, August 8th

Southern Indiana Career & Technical Center
1901 Lynch Rd.
Evansville, IN 47711

11:15a-12:45p

H.S.A. Employer & Employee Responsibilities – 1 hour CE
Presented by: Ruste Pontenberg, H.S.A. Authority Sales Manager, VP

This course will educated agents on H.S.A. compliance, origin of compliance requirements and the parties responsible for specific legal aspects of administering a group H.S.A.  program.

Meeting Sponsored by: Chandra Coffee, HCC
Lunch catered by Qdoba

McConnell delays August recess

Washington Post July 11 at 5:53 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday that he would cut the chamber’s August recess in half, saying the GOP needed more time to achieve its legislative goals given the protracted negotiations over health-care legislation and continued opposition from Democrats on several fronts.

“To provide more time to complete action on important legislative items…Read More

Congrats Carolyn!

SWIAHU is thrilled to announce our own Carolyn Beck was presented the Distinguished Service Award at the 87th NAHU Annual Convention in Orlando, FL.

The Distinguished Service award honors NAHU members who have made significant contributions to the volunteer service at the local, state and national level.

We are very proud of her accomplishment.  Carolyn is very dedicated to everything she volunteers for and is certainly worthy of this recognition.