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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.

    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!

    Heather Meade from the Alliance To Fight The 40 Joins to Discuss the Cadillac Tax Repeal

    Heather Meade from the Alliance To Fight The 40 Joins to Discuss the Cadillac 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, Health Insurance Tax, and the 40% excise tax that became known as the “Cadillac Tax.” The repeal of the Cadillac Tax is a monumental victory for brokers and consumers alike. This week, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and Marcy M. Buckner sit down with Heather Meade from the Alliance to Fight the 40, the coalition that fought for the full repeal of the Cadillac Tax for several years, to discuss what led to this victory!

    Congresswoman and current president & CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, Allyson Schwartz, Joins to Discuss a Variety of Medicare Topics

    Congresswoman and current president & CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, Allyson Schwartz, Joins to Discuss a Variety of Medicare Topics

    This week, former congresswoman and current president & CEO of the Better Medicare Alliance, Allyson Schwartz, joins NAHU’s John Greene to discuss a wide range of Medicare topics, including this year’s AEP, President Trump’s executive order on Medicare, the Cadillac and HIT taxes, and more. Congresswoman Schwartz represented Pennsylvania’s 13th district for ten years, and now leads Better Medicare Alliance as the foremost advocate for Medicare Part C, more commonly known as Medicare Advantage. (This episode was recorded on Monday, December 9, 2019.)

    Breaking News: Congress Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax and HIT in Year-End Spending Deal!

    Breaking News: Congress Votes to Repeal Cadillac Tax and HIT in Year-End Spending Deal!

    The House and Senate have both passed the fiscal year 2020 spending bill which includes a permanent repeal of three ACA taxes: the Cadillac/excise tax, medical device tax, and Health Insurance Tax (HIT). The legislation fully repeals the Cadillac tax, and repeals the HIT effective January 1, 2021 which means the HIT will still be in place for 2020. Passage of this legislation represents a major milestone in our advocacy efforts to finally end the Cadillac tax and HIT and we thank all of you who have taken action to support these repeals!

    Comprehensive Bipartisan Healthcare Package Includes a Surprise Billing Fix

    Comprehensive Bipartisan Healthcare Package Includes a Surprise Billing Fix

    There is no shortage of legislative news this week as the window to pass legislation before the new year dwindles. This week, NAHU’s Chris Hartmann and John Greene discuss what’s happening on the legislative front as we conclude the year, including: the contents of a comprehensive, bipartisan healthcare package several months in the making, which contains a section on surprise billing. In addition, this episode reviews House Democrats’ prescription drug reform bill, the status of the Cadillac and HIT taxes, as well as reflecting on this year’s AEP. (This episode was recorded on Thursday, December 12, 2019.)

    Special Guests on Colorado’s Public Option Proposal

    Special Guests on Colorado’s Public Option Proposal

    The Colorado Division of Insurance has released its final report of Colorado’s public option, detailing a plan for the implementation of a state coverage option that would be administered by private insurance companies and sold on the state exchange and the off-exchange individual market starting in 2022. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, NAHU Legislative Council member Brad Niederman and CSAHU lobbyist Jenn Penn join NAHU’s Marcy Buckner to discuss the state public option proposal and its implications.

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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