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NAHU (10/27/17) Senate Finance Committee Chairman and 2015 NAHU Spirit of Independence winner Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) announced a legislative proposal on Tuesday that would temporarily fund the ACA's cost-sharing reduction (CSR) program and eliminate penalties for the individual and employer mandates. READ MORE >>

What’s The Difference between PFL and DBL? The new Paid Family Leave benefit goes into effect in less than 2 months.  In fact, many employees are already making their premium contributions.  PFL will be handled by the same carrier that the employer has its DBL coverage with. READ MORE >>

The AP (10/19, Werner, Fram) reports that on Thursday, the bipartisan bill which seeks to stabilize ACA marketplaces “gained momentum...when enough lawmakers rallied behind it to give it potentially unstoppable Senate support.” The measure’s sponsors, Sens. READ MORE >>

The Hill (10/18, Roubein) reports a bipartisan group of 10 governors called on Congress to vote on the bipartisan legislation to stabilize the Affordable Care Act’s insurance markets. The governors wrote a letter Wednesday that said, “We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation ... READ MORE >>

Oscar is not new to the NY health insurance scene.  Oscar has been a force in the NY Individual market for several years.  This past April they introduced their small group portfolio in downstate NY and they have gotten a lot of attention. READ MORE >>

The New York Times (10/17, Kaplan, Subscription Publication) reports on its front page that Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) “have reached a bipartisan deal to provide funding for critical subsidies to health insurers that President Trump said last week that he would cut off,” Alexander said on Tuesday. READ MORE >>

TIME (10/16, Rhodan) reports that on Monday, President Trump suggested “he may sign off on a ‘short-term fix’ to the Affordable Care Act being put together by Democratic and Republican senators.” During a Cabinet meeting, the President seemed “to reference a bipartisan proposal from Sens. READ MORE >>

Reuters (10/13, Abutaleb, Levine) reported that on Friday, 18 states sued the Trump Administration in order to prevent President Trump from ending ACA subsidy payments to insurers. The article said these subsidies “help millions of low-income people pay medical expenses. READ MORE >>

 On its front page, the Washington Post (10/13, A1, Goldstein, Eilperin) reports that the White House confirmed Thursday that it will stop making federal payments for “cost-sharing reductions,” payments to health insurers “that help millions of lower-income Americans afford coverage. READ MORE >>

NAHU (10/12) Earlier today, President Trump signed an executive order in an attempt to improve access, increase choices and lower costs for healthcare.   What Is in the EO? The EO directs the secretary of Labor to consider proposing regulations or revising guidance to expand Association Health Plans. READ MORE >>

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