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Surprise billing and prescription drug reform are the hot topics as lawmakers returned this week from their August recess. Congress is currently considering legislation to address both of these issues with packages expected to be voted on this fall. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and Marcy M. Buckner join us to discuss some of the biggest challenges facing these issues and what NAHU is doing to influence this process with lawmakers. They preview the upcoming hearings on these issues and the expected legislation to be introduced in the coming weeks and how policymakers plan to work out their differences in order to get legislation enacted to be able to campaign on victories for the 2020 elections. Marcy and Chris also look at how NAHU’s coalition partnerships are such critical tools for advancing our message, on these and other issues.
CMS launched an updated Medicare Plan Finder last week that will allow users to shop and compare plans with a personalized experience. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Vice President of Congressional Affairs John Greene joins us to review these updates, including the key functions of this tool and how NAHU is working with CMS officials to improve it as we head into the upcoming annual election period. John also discusses how NAHU members can join us in this process by sending their feedback to MedicarePlanFinder@nahu.org on how the changes will impact them and their clients, and how to best prepare for the upcoming plan year. And we also get an update on several of our priority Medicare legislation.
NAHU and the Partnership for Employer-Sponsored Coverage are leading the charge to advance bipartisan legislation to allow prospective employer reporting, greatly easing the compliance burden of the ACA for employers complying with the law’s mandate. On this week’s podcast episode, Chris Pollack, executive director of the partnership, joins NAHU’s Chris Hartmann to discuss the outlook for passing the recently re-introduced legislation. They also discuss the impact that local NAHU chapters and employers can have on the legislative process, as well as the coalition’s other legislative priorities, including the permanent repeal of the Cadillac/excise Tax.
NAHU is leading a coalition effort to advance bipartisan legislation through Congress to end the practice of surprise medical billing and to implement a payment benchmark standard. On this week’s podcast, Katy Spangler from the Coalition Against Surprise Medical Billing joins NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner and Chris Hartmann to discuss the ongoing legislative efforts to address surprise billing and how NAHU and the coalition are working to influence the process. They break down the nuances between arbitration and benchmarking, and what the outlook is for reaching a consensus among the several competing factions – both among stakeholders and policymakers.
Congress is now on its annual six-week August recess. This break from legislating allows lawmakers time to meet with constituents before returning after the Labor Day holiday for what is expected to be a busy September. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and John Greene review our federal priorities to help prepare for these recess meetings. They also discuss key points that NAHU members should make to their lawmakers and how you can uniquely help frame these issues from your personal perspectives to help bolster our arguments here in Washington, DC.
On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and John Greene discuss the recently introduced Employer Reporting Bill in the House and Senate, H.R. 4070 and S. 2366. In addition, they will provide an update on our other federal priorities as Congress heads out on their 6-week August recess.
Time to Meet Your Member

Time to Meet Your Member

2019-07-2600:20:50

The House just embarked on its six-week in-district work period, better known as the annual August Congressional Recess, with the Senate set to join them next week. This break from legislating allows lawmakers time to meet with constituents before returning after the Labor Day holiday for what is expected to be a busy September. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and John Greene review our federal priorities to help prepare for these recess meetings. They also discuss key points that NAHU members should make to their lawmakers and how you can uniquely help frame these issues from your personal perspectives to help bolster our arguments here in Washington, D.C.
NAHU secured a major legislative victory this week with the House’s passage of the Cadillac Tax repeal bill. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner, Chris Hartmann and John Greene recap the significance of this vote, they key role that NAHU, our coalition partners, our members and their clients played in the passage of this legislation, and what to expect moving forward. We also review the status of the surprise billing legislation and its arbitration amendment, and ongoing NAHU-supported reforms to HSAs, both legislatively and through regulation.
The House took a big first step in advancing its Surprise Billing legislation, joining the Senate which passed its bill out of committee last month. But both bills still have a lot of work ahead of them before they can be considered, adopted and merged into a final consensus package. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner, Chris Hartmann and John Greene recap the ongoing efforts and the work underway behind the scenes to quickly advance the NAHU-favored benchmarking method of addressing surprise bills. The episode also includes an extensive review of the oral arguments in the fifth circuit appeals case of Texas v. U.S., challenging the constitutionality of the ACA’s individual mandate and the law itself. And we look ahead to the upcoming vote to fully repeal the ACA’s Cadillac Tax, how it differs from the previous votes and what it means for the tax moving forward.
President Trump signed an executive order this week to increase healthcare price and quality transparency. The order will begin the regulatory process for federal agencies to help consumers better understand healthcare charges and their overall cost of care. Meanwhile, the Senate HELP Committee advanced their comprehensive lower healthcare costs bill with key provisions on surprise billing and broker compensation disclosure. On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner and John Greene break down the executive order and NAHU’s views on the initiative. They also provide a recap of the Senate hearing and how NAHU worked with lawmakers and their staff to ensure that the surprise billing and broker disclosure measures were written in the best interest of consumers and our members.
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