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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.

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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.

    Capitol Conference 2020: Know Before You Go!

    Capitol Conference 2020: Know Before You Go!

    Calling all Capitol Conference attendees and those curious about NAHU’s premier legislative event! Next week NAHU members from across the country will descend on Capitol Hill to make our voices heard! On this week’s episode, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner and Dan Parker preview what to expect at this year’s conference. They break down the agenda and the can’t-miss speakers, provide a preview of the breakout sessions, the primary policy priorities that we will be advocating for on the Hill, and tips for making the most of your visit. You won’t want to miss this for the essential info ahead of your trip to the nation’s capital. Never participated in Capitol Conference? We encourage you to check out the podcast to hear what you’re missing!

    Special Guest Katy Spangler Discusses Surprise Billing

    Special Guest Katy Spangler Discusses Surprise Billing

    Leading up to Capitol Conference, we are reviewing each of our legislative priorities in detail. 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 John Greene 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 solutions to this problem.

    Special Guest Chris Pollack Discusses Employer Reporting

    Special Guest Chris Pollack Discusses Employer Reporting

    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 our recent advocacy work and what you need to know about employer reporting before coming to NAHU’s 30th annual Capitol Conference!

    NAHU Submits Comments on Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule

    NAHU Submits Comments on Transparency in Coverage Proposed Rule

    NAHU recently submitted our comments in response to the Transparency in Coverage proposed rule, which would allow consumers to shop and compare costs between specific providers before receiving care, including receiving accurate estimates of any out-of-pocket costs they must pay to meet their plan’s deductible, co-pay, or co-insurance requirements. On this week’s podcast, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner reviews our comment letter in detail, including what we supported and what Improvements we suggested.

    NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein Discusses the Danger of a Public Option

    NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein Discusses the Danger of a Public Option

    This week, NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein joins us to discuss the looming threat of Medicare-for-All and similar proposals, such as the public option. Specifically, we review the differences between single-payer and public option, the dangers of a public option to the insurance market and consumers, as well as what agents and brokers can do to fight these ideas before it’s too late.

    Elena Tompkins from the Stop The HIT Coalition Discusses the HIT Tax Repeal

    Elena Tompkins from the Stop The HIT Coalition Discusses the HIT Tax Repeal

    As you all probably know by now, Congress passed the fiscal year 2020 spending bill and companion tax extenders measure which included a permanent repeal of three ACA taxes: the medical device tax, Cadillac Tax, and the Health Insurance Tax (more commonly referred to as the HIT tax). The repeal of the HIT tax is an overwhelming victory for brokers and consumers alike. This week, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and John Greene sit down with Elena Tompkins from Stop The HIT, the coalition that fought for the full repeal of the HIT for several years, to discuss what led to this victory!

Customer Reviews

bridget72dc ,

Love Marcy

Marcy is the best! I love the updates each week. Keep this podcast going.

KC-Queso ,

Just right!

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!

nahu member ,

Quick, concise, readily available

NAHU team continues to raise the bar. NAHU offers many valuable tools for the health insurance industry professional. Regardless of your position, you owe it to yourself, colleagues, and customers to stay informed about our industry. The legislative challenges continue to impact all of us. The NAHU happy hour podcast is just another great tool for us to "stay in tuned with what's happening in D.C. Keep up the great work! Thank you.

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