Category Archives: Legislative

NAHU Press Statement on Graham-Cassidy Proposal

NAHU has met with bipartisan leadership in the House and Senate, as well as other industry stakeholders, to promote bipartisan measures for market stability. Unfortunately, we do not believe the current Graham-Cassidy proposal serves to stabilize the individual health insurance market and we have significant concerns that the lack of adequate guardrails for states applying for waivers could create instability in the employer-sponsored health plan market.

The proposal would dramatically restructure the ACA …read more….

 

Senate GOP tries one last time to repeal Obamacare

From Politico….

“Obamacare repeal is on the brink of coming back from the dead.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and his leadership team are seriously considering voting on a bill that would scale back the federal government’s role in the health care system and instead provide block grants to states, congressional and Trump administration sources said. ”

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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.

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GOP healthcare bill sneak preview (spoiler – Obamacare ’til 2020)

by Laura Litvan and Anna Edney

Senate Republicans are beginning to learn the details of the health-care bill they may be asked to vote on next week, with senators saying the measure envisions a more gradual transition away from Obamacare than the House-passed version.

Republican Thom Tillis of North Carolina said the draft bill, which GOP leaders plan to release Thursday morning, would effectively delay the repeal of Obamacare until 2020, allow more generous tax credits for people buying individual insurance policies, and create a longer transition period for ramping down Obamacare’s expansion of …..

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Help Us Get the Medicare Observation Status Bill over the Line

NAHU works on a wide variety of Medicare issues from legislation to improved agent marketing and commissions, to COBRA as creditable coverage and restoration of the open enrollment period.

Earlier this month, NAHU sent letters of support to the lead sponsors of S. 568 and H.R. 1421, the Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017. These bills address Medicare’s “two-midnight” policy and would allow observation stays to be counted toward the three-day mandatory inpatient stay for Medicare coverage of a skilled nursing facility (SNF).

Currently, Medicare beneficiaries who are not officially admitted to a hospital may be classified under “Observation Status,” which is treated as an outpatient procedure for billing purposes. Furthermore, admission status may be changed to observation by the hospital for up to a year following an SNF stay and they can negate the three-day-stay requirement after the fact.

These policies are leading patients who are extremely sick and need skill nursing care to not qualify for paid Medicare SNF care and for others to later have their admission status changed so that their SNF care is now billed directly to the beneficiary instead of Medicare, creating a huge financial burden. You may have clients who have gone this through this experience or know people who did. This is wrong and must be made right.

We need your help to educate other members of Congress on the importance these actions are having on your clients through no fault of their own. The bill already has 34 cosponsors in the House and 15 cosponsors in the Senate. You can help us increase our chances of having this bill become law by contributing to HUPAC today. Click here to take action now.

HUPAC is NAHU’s political action committee and helps us spread the message of the important role agents, brokers and benefit specialists play in the healthcare system and on behalf of the beneficiaries you serve. By contributing, you assist in our legislative efforts to build momentum behind this piece of legislation and improve our odds of this becoming law.

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Thank you for all you do!

John Greene
Vice President of Congressional Affairs

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

By: MELANIE TROTTMAN
WALL STREET JOURNAL

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.
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