By Dwight “D” Hall, ISAHU Legislative Chair
Please remember that our elected officials are always in need of hearing your concerns on healthcare (and other issues as well.). They particularly are looking for actual stories from you, your clients and prospects that outline either pitfalls or successes regarding ACA. Anything we can share with our elected officials regarding areas of expertise – healthcare and otherwise – is important. Please share with them when you can.
The 114th Congress continues to work on “fixes” to ACA. One such item is MLR legislation – Access to Professional Health Insurance Advisors Act of 2015 (H.R. 815) which has been introduced and Congresswoman Susan Brooks is one of the many Co-Sponsors.
Operation Shouts continue to come out from our staff in Washington, D. C. and I encourage you to utilize them to share NAHU information with our legislators.
The Medical Device Tax bill that has bipartisan support is getting more attention daily. One main hangup is how to offset the revenue that was to be generated from the tax.
With Senator Mitch McConnell leading the Senate, there is more legislation passed by the House receiving hearings in the Senate. This is allowing more Healthcare related bills coming from the House to move forward.
As always, please continue to read the Newswires and Legislative Updates that come from NAHU. It’s absolutely the best information available.
State House Update
- Various Bills are being followed at the Statehouse at this time.
- HB 1063 – Dental and Optometry Service Coverage is one that again addresses contracted payment amounts vs covered services. This appears to be dead for this session.
- HB 1451 – Coverage of Telemedicine Services will probably not make it out of committee due to a previously approved Pilot Study not having completed their data collection process. This too appears to be dead for this session.
- SB 26 – Coverage of Prescription Eye Drops which would allow multiple scripts of a certain medication to be filled for one patient at one time. This would allow for a script at home, office, car, etc. This has passed the House and is being considered in the Senate..
- SB 55 – Medical Malpractice would allow an individual to file a claim against a provider if the amount of the claim is less than $45,000 without going through the medical review board process. Current law limits this amount to $15,000.
- HB 1043 – Medical Malpractice would raise cap from $1,250,000 to $1,650,000. This Bill appears to be dead for this session.
- At this point, there does not appear to be any other Bills of major consequence brought forward. And due to the make up of both the House and Senate, this should not change. This success is due to ongoing efforts of the ISAHU Lobbying firm – Bose Public Affairs, efforts by the Legislative Team and our relationships with other “sister” associations like Big I, PIA, NAIFA, IMA and NFIB. Updates will be provided as any information becomes known.
And I wanted to THANK those 15 IN members including 3 first timers that took the time to attend Capitol Conference. Such participation is integral in spreading the message of how important NAHU membership is to survival of the industry.
Discussions between NAHU staff and the Hill continue and be sure to follow all NAHU releases for up to date information.