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.
One More Final Rule on 2022 Payment Parameters
Late last week HHS and the Treasury Department released a final rule on the 2022 Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters, or NBPP, updating several areas and finalizing standards for issuers, marketplaces and navigators for the 2022 plan year. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner discusses what changes this final rule makes. Additionally, we will also discuss a comment letter that NAHU just submitted on electronic-filing requirements for certain IRS documents that employers need to submit.
Individual-Market Broker Compensation Transparency Proposed Rules Published
This week HHS published a proposed rule regarding requirements created by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. This much-anticipated proposed rule deals with broker compensation transparency requirements for individual and short-term limited duration plans as well as information regarding surprise billing of air ambulances. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, NAHU’s senior vice president of government affairs Marcy M. Buckner is here to discuss the proposed rule, what it means for you, and where we go from here.
Will Democrats’ Reconciliation Package Lower the Medicare Eligibility Age?
As August recess comes to an end, Congress will be back to work on the two major legislative packages that NAHU has discussed for the past few months – the $1 trillion bipartisan INVEST in America Act, and Democrats’ $3.5 trillion dollar reconciliation package. On the July 30 edition of the podcast, we discussed the status of these packages prior to August recess. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, NAHU’s vice presidents of congressional affairs, Chris Hartmann and John Greene, return to discuss what the timeline looks like for passage of these bills and what may be encompassed in the reconciliation package – including potentially lowering the Medicare eligibility age.
NAHU Submits Comments to Agencies on Surprise-Billing Interim Final Rule
Federal agencies recently released an interim final rule, “Part One” of the highly anticipated regulation regarding the ban on surprise billing included in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021. This week, NAHU submitted comments to the administration with our thoughts and concerns about the rule. If you want to hear a detailed analysis of what’s included in this interim final rule, you can listen to the July 16 edition of the podcast. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we are focusing specifically on our response to the interim final rule, with Marcy M. Buckner joining us once again to review those comments.
DOL Delays Several Requirements under CAA and Transparency Rule
Late last week, the Department of Labor released new guidance regarding the implementation of the Transparency in Coverage final rule and sections of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, or CAA. The guidance, a series of FAQs, provides an updated timeline for when these policies will go in to place, just as NAHU requested. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner reviews these FAQs and what they mean for you and your clients.
Special Guest Discusses the Importance of Telemedicine
The coronavirus pandemic has obviously altered many aspects of our society, but one in particular has been the way in which consumers think about healthcare and receive healthcare services. With millions of healthcare consumers looking for a way to see their physician without needing to leave their home, telemedicine has become a crucial conversation. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, emergency medicine physician and chief medical officer at Summus Global, Dr. Mary Mulcare, joins us to discuss the importance of telehealth moving forward
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Great job Marcy and Jen - right on the mark!
Marcy is the best! I love the updates each week. Keep this podcast going.
Excellent podcast recapping benefits developments on the Hill during the week. Presenters really know their stuff, keep it PC/bipartisan/respectful/interesting, and do a great job keeping it concise to a perfect 20 minute length. I just wish I had thought of their clever happy hour puns, like "what's on tap" (coming up next), "toast of the week" to thank someone in the industry or on the Hill, and "senior moments" reviewing Medicare updates. Cheers!