Welcome to July in Indiana! It’s been a little hot and toasty lately and that’s not just the weather but also the political climate in general especially in Washington, D.C.
AHP’s (Association Health Plans), Drug pricing, ACA risk adjustment payments, Navigator funds, etc are all under discussion and in various stages of change as we speak. And it doesn’t appear these type changes will be letting up any time soon. Both sides of the political aisle will be attempting to use the ACA to their advantage in this Fall’s election cycle. How this will work out is yet to be seen. So, stay tuned.
President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar are actively pursuing their “American Patients First” plan to lower prescription drug costs. Meetings with the heads of the various drug companies are in process. How this will turn out will indeed be interesting to watch.
As always, continued Thanks goes to NAHU’s staff – eg, Janet Trautwein, John Greene, Chris Hartman and Marcy Buckner as they help direct the overall legislative process in D.C.
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Be sure to visit www.nahu.orgfor more detailed information on all NAHU Federal legislative activities.
State House Update
Meetings are still in process of being set with the appropriate leaders in the Indiana House and Senate to discuss next steps on promoting Section 1332. A meeting with the head of the House Insurance Committee will be set first. They will relate to the possible use of “risk pool” Federal and State funds to encourage more competition from a payer and plan standpoint. Use of non-compliant ACA product offerings is also a possibility. The new guidance from D.C. will definitely be a part of discussions. All updates on such discussions will continue to be shared.
As I like to mention every month, the prevention of onerous Bills making it through the Legislature is due largely to ISAHU’s continued relationships with folks in the Governor’s office, Lt. Governor’s office and Statehouse that support our industry overall. These relationships also directly impact the efforts of our ISAHU Lobbying firm – Bose Public Affairs, plus the efforts of our sister organizations – Big I, PIA, NAIFA, Insurance Institute, IMA, IN Chamber and NFIB. And it also affects the ongoing efforts of several ISAHU members who continue to work on maintaining such working relationships with Legislators that may impact support for any legislation of assistance or detriment to the industry.
Meetings on Section 1332 with Insurance committee heads will continue to be set over the Summer to promote possible exemption filing by the Governor in the next Session. Updates will be provided.
With the Fall election season in full swing, I encourage each of you to get involved at some level with both State and Federal office candidates. Let’s be a part of the solutions that are needed. If you’d like more information on how to go about this, please feel welcome to reach out at any time.
NAHU staff continue to be a vital part of ongoing discussions during this 115thCongress. Details are provided in the Washington Updates each Friday. Please be sure to read them which will assist you in responding to your client’s issues.
And I ask you to remember to thank the countless NAHU members around IN and the Country as a whole that continuously put in long hours to ensure the best information possible is being shared with Legislators, HHS, CMS, IRS, DOL, DOI’s and of course other NAHU members. As you know, much of this is always done in anonymity and solely for the benefit of the Association, our members and the general public.
And as always – ongoing THANKS to all the Local Legislative Chairs who serve on the Legislative Committee as well as those that serve on other committees. Your service is vitally important and greatly appreciated.
Ongoing simple message – IF you are not participating in both PAC’s – HUPAC – our Federal PAC and ISAHU-PAC – our State PAC, then PLEASE do so! Both PAC’s help support activities that really do make a difference in the ongoing legislative battles. Information can be found on the www.HUPAC.org, www.nahu.org and the www.ISAHU.org sites.
I and the rest of the ISAHU Legislative Committee greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with you to continue to promote real market based “healthcare reform”. Please feel welcome to contact any of us at any time.
Thanks for all you do to improve the healthcare system for your clients!