By Dwight “D” Hall
Happy September folks! It’s hard to believe but Summer is almost over! It seems like we just celebrated Memorial Day and here we are. Time really does go by faster the older one gets.
Political events and fund raisers at both the State and Federal levels for the 2014 election cycle continue in full gear. Members of your Legislative Team do our very best to participate in these when cost effective to do so.
As an example, David Berman and I attended a Birthday Fund Raiser for Congresswoman Susan Brooks on Sugust 26th that was hosted by Randall and Debra Tobias.
David and I also attended Congressional Sub-Committee hearing on ACA held in Greenfield, IN on September 4th. Chair Person Phil Roe from TN and 4 House Members from IN – Susan Brooks, Larry Buschon, Luke Messer and Todd Rokita were in attendance.
I also attended the Indy Chamber’s HobNob in downtown Indianapolis on the evening of September 4th. Local and State candidates were in attendance.
These type events provide an excellent opportunity to share views and show support to those candidate/office holder that support our industry. If you have not taken the opportunity to attend such an event , I would ask you to please consider doing so.
Remember that leading up to the November election, there are ongoing State and Federal office holder meetings/townhalls/fund raisers being held back in the Districts. Our elected officials and candidates are always in need of hearing your concerns on healthcare (and other issues as well.). As I always try to mention, they are particularly 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.
Open Enrollment for ACA is almost here. Hopefully everyone who wishes to participate on the Exchange (Marketplace) has either completed or are in process of completing their registration. Hopefully it will be a much smoother process this year on the www.healthcare.gov site.
There continues to be many pieces of legislation being offered up by the House (over 360 in total at last count with many that address ACA concerns). But, they still remain blocked in the Senate by Senator Harry Reid. Most doubt if any will be allowed to come to vote until after the November elections.
As always, please continue to read the Newswires and Legislative Updates that come from NAHU. It’s absolutely the best information available for your use.
State House Update
The Summer Study Committees are pretty much over and it does not appear that there will be much of major consequence on the health side of things this coming session. Much of this success is due to ongoing efforts of the ISAHU Lobbying firm – Bose Public Affairs. As always, additional information will be provided as it becomes known.
As I continue to say every month, I cannot compliment enough our NAHU staff and countless NAHU members around the State and Country who 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 NAHU members. Many of these folks do this in anonymity and solely for the benefit of the Association, our members and the general public.
A special THANK YOU to all the Local Legislative Chairs and those that serve on their committees. Your service is both needed and vitally important.
And we cannot forget about the PAC’s – both HUPAC and ISAHU-PAC. Your financial help is needed to fund both of them. As I mentioned above, fund raising cycles have already started for candidates at both the State and Federal levels. (They actually never end!) Both ISAHU and NAHU do an excellent job of supporting candidates that support the industry as a whole. So all dollars collected goes toward that goal. Using those dollars, we have been very successful particularly here in Indiana in getting legislators elected that have and will continue to support the vast majority of industry goals.
Each election cycle pretty much depletes our PAC coffers. We need to replenish them for ongoing political events and the next election cycle. If you’re not already contributing, please find forms either available in the newsletter on at the websites – www.inahu.org or www.nahu.org . Put a monthly contribution on your credit card as many of us do and it really is a painless process. It’s a small price to pay to support activities that really do make a difference in the ongoing legislative battles.
Note again that ISAHU-PAC is on a fiscal year from July 1 – June 30th each year. So if you are not on a monthly contribution plan, please consider getting on one or making your 2014 contribution in your usual manner.
I and the rest of the ISAHU Legislative Committee truly appreciate the opportunity to work with you to help promote real “health-care reform”. Please feel welcome to contact any of us at any time.