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The NAHU Healthcare Happy Hour podcast is released weekly on Friday afternoons by the National Association of Health Underwriters, and includes a recap of the week’s top issues in healthcare and health insurance politics and policy.
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We are just three days away from our 31st annual Capitol Conference so if you haven’t registered yet – registration closes tomorrow, so what are you waiting for? Go to NAHU.org now! And while you register, listen to Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann talk about one of the most pertinent issues our industry is facing – the potential for a public option or single-payer healthcare system.
We are rapidly approaching our 31st annual – and first-ever virtual - Capitol Conference. We are reviewing NAHU’s legislative priorities in detail leading up to the conference so that you are prepared for meetings with your members of Congress. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann talk about what NAHU is asking for in the areas of Medicare, employer reporting, prescription drug prices and more.
We are less than three weeks away from our 31st Annual – and first-ever virtual - Capitol Conference! As promised, we are reviewing NAHU’s legislative priorities in detail leading up to our conference so that you are prepared for your meetings with your member of Congress. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner discusses what NAHU is asking for from legislators in the area of coronavirus relief.
On last week’s edition of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we briefly discussed our general talking points that Capitol Conference attendees will use in their meetings with their members of Congress – those are available in the Advocacy section of the NAHU website. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss what it’s like lobbying virtually and how to convey our legislative priorities to different audiences. In the coming weeks, we will take a deeper dive into specific talking points that are important for you to know before meeting with your members Congress.
Earlier this week, NAHU released the general talking points that Capitol Conference attendees will use in their meetings with their members of Congress. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner gives a brief overview of these talking points and what you can expect if you attend the first-ever virtual Capitol Conference. Leading up to Capitol Conference, the Healthcare Happy Hour will feature episodes on each topic with more in-depth information to prepare you for your Congressional meetings.
As we discussed on last week’s podcast, Democrats now have a narrow majority in the Senate, meaning President-Elect Joe Biden will have a much easier time forming his cabinet. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss Biden’s nominations for key positions so far, including secretary of Health and Human Services, attorney general, secretary of Labor and secretary of Treasury.
Jon Ossoff and The Reverend Dr. Raphael Warnock emerged victorious in Tuesday’s Georgia runoffs, meaning the Senate is now split 50-50 between Democrats and Republicans, with the vice president able to break any ties. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann explain what this means for Congressional politics moving forward.
Congress has voted to pass a 1.4 trillion dollar omnibus spending bill, which includes provisions on COVID-19 relief, a ban on surprise billing, the ability for employees to roll over funds from Flexible Spending Accounts, and disclosure of broker compensation. We covered surprise billing at great lengths on last week’s podcast, so on this week’s special edition of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy, John and Chris are back to discuss… everything else!
Congressional leaders seem to finally be closing in on a $900 billion omnibus spending deal to prevent a government shutdown tonight. This spending deal is expected to include a wide variety of provisions, including additional funding to the PPP and a ban on surprise billing. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss what we believe could be in this package.
While we wait to see what Congress will be doing in regards to a potential end-of-year package, we are taking a break from proposed rules and politics. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Joe Lesher, CEO of Travel MedEvac Insurance, joins us to discuss the world of travel insurance and the benefits it can bring to brokers and clients alike.
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner reviews some regulatory developments that occurred right before the holiday: two major rules regarding prescription drugs. In addition, CMS and OIG just released final rules in an attempt to modernize the Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute.
After well over a year of discussion in the media, the Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments in California v Texas, the case that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner is joined by co-founder and CEO of MZQ Consulting Jennifer Berman to talk about the case, what we learned from listening to oral arguments, and the potential fate of the ACA.
After a long election week plagued by uncertainty, Joe Biden has reportedly secured 290 electoral votes compared to President Donald Trump’s 217. You only need 270 to win, and while there are still recounts and legal challenges underway, the former vice president has surpassed that number. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss the results of the election at both the presidential and congressional levels as well as what all of this means for agents and brokers.
In our most recent “Live from NAHU” webinar, NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein recapped the election results thus far and what they mean for the next Congress. Listen to Janet and special guest Alan Katz, co-founder and CEO of NextAgency, discuss what we know so far and how the results shape NAHU’s legislative strategy.
Amy Coney Barrett is officially an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Barrett was sworn in on Tuesday October 27 by Justice Clarence Thomas, cementing her place in history as a member of the nation’s highest court. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy discusses what this could mean for both healthcare and the Supreme Court moving forward.
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour we are joined by Mark Lawrence from HM Insurance Group to discuss what underwriting has been like during the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on his business. Mark Lawrence was senior vice president of underwriting at the time of this recording – he has since been named president of HM Insurance Group.
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour we are taking a break from the crazy politics in Washington to focus on potential data-driven solutions to lower healthcare costs. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and host of Optum’s new health policy podcast Until It’s Fixed joins us to discuss what’s working and what isn’t working in our healthcare system and how we can lower costs through untangling administrative complexity.
Have you ever wanted to get an inside scoop on our government relations efforts? On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we are joined by special guests Legislative Council Chair Scott Wham and Jonathon Jones, partner at Peck Madigan Jones – the firm that NAHU works with to ensure that the legislative priorities of the association are being appropriately represented. We discuss what lobbying and government relations looks like behind the scenes, how Jones got his start, what it has been like working during the pandemic, what could happen on Election Day, and more.
We have plenty of topics to cover on this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour. Last week President Trump signed two executive orders under the umbrella of his “America First Health Plan” focused on pre-existing conditions and surprise billing. This week, the president nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court, and the first presidential debate aired on CBS. NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner and Chris Hartmann discuss all of this and more
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last week at the age of 87, leaving behind a rich legacy that inspired millions of Americans. Ginsberg, nicknamed RBG, was the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court. Ginsberg’s passing puts the Senate in the position of deciding whether to nominate and confirm another justice before Election Day, less than 40 days away. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner discusses RBG’s legacy, where the Senate might go from here, and the impact of Ginsburg’s passing on the ACA.
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