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Progressive House Democrats Medicare for All Bill Would Eliminate Private Coverage in 2 Years, Has No Price Tag Yet
Last Wednesday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus) and 106 Democrat cosponsors introduced legislation that would eliminate private health coverage, Medicare and Medicaid within 2 years and replace it with a single payer, universal health program called "Medicare for All".
Mar 4, 2019
Democrats Introduce Bill Allowing People Aged 50 And Older to Buy into Medicare Advantage
Earlier this week, Democrat Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI) and Tammy Baldwin (WI) and Representatives Brian Higgins (NY) and Joe Courtney (CT) introduced a bill that would permit individuals aged 50 and older to buy Medicare Advantage (Part C) coverage beginning January 1, at least 1 year after enactment.
Feb 15, 2019
New Year, New Congress, New Health Policy? The Outlook in Washington for 2019
As the House changes hands, the Administration sets its agenda, and a federal court decision once again finds the ACA unconstitutional tune in hear what we expect for the health policy agenda in 2019.
Jan 30, 2019
Court Decision Raises Uncertainty Over the ACA Again
Once again, the courts have thrown the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in doubt, though nothing changes today, and the ruling may have no impact in the end.
Dec 17, 2018
House Could Vote on Bills to Delay Excise Tax and Change the ACA; Not Expected To Become Law
Next week, the House is expected to vote on a few bills to make ACA changes. The bills are largely geared towards establishing a voting record before the November election.
Sep 7, 2018
Senators Again Push for Bill to Stabilize Exchanges
Senators Again Push for Bill to Stabilize Exchanges
Mar 20, 2018
What Your CEO is Reading - President's Executive Order on Health Coverage
This WYCIR anticipates the potential impact of the recent Executive Order that includes changes to rules that could impact the ability of employers to pay for employees' coverage in the individual market and other changes. It provides information useful to your benefits team and in case your C-suite has questions.
Oct 16, 2017
Washington Alert President's Executive Order Would Expand Small Employer and Individual Coverage Options and Expand HRA Flexibility
President issues Executive Order Directing Agencies to Examine Changes to HRA Rules to Make It Easier for Employers to Help Employees Pay for Health Care and to Add Options for Small Employers and the Individual Market
Oct 13, 2017
Senate Republicans Drop Latest Bid to Change the ACA
Senate Republicans raced to try one more time to beat the September 30th deadline to pass changes to the ACA using special reconciliation rules requiring only 51 votes but, ultimately, consensus could not be reached.
Sep 29, 2017
Legislative Update: Where Do We Go from Here?
During this webinar, we summarize recent activity in Congress on ACA changes and in particular, how this activity could affect employer-sponsored group health plans.
Jul 28, 2017
Senate Vote Early This Morning Scraps Health Care Bill
Senate Republican efforts to pass a health care bill came to a surprise end early this morning as Senator John McCain (R-AZ) voted no on a pared down bill to repeal parts of the ACA.
Jul 28, 2017
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Releases Revised Draft of ACA Changes Bill
Earlier today, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a revised draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act that keeps most of the favorable changes to the employer requirements of the ACA (including delaying the ACA's excise tax to 2026 and repealing the employer mandate penalty retroactively to 2016) and also allows for the purchase of insurance premiums with HSAs in certain circumstances.
Jul 13, 2017
Senate and House Bills to Alter the ACA
This chart reflects the latest on Senate and House Republican bills to alter the ACA comparing the major provisions and incorporating the Congressional Budget Office predictions on increasing or decreasing federal revenue or spending.
Jun 30, 2017
House Narrowly Passes Bill with Major Changes to ACA; Senate Passage Unclear
With just 2 votes to spare, 20 Republicans voting no, and after much pressure and last minute changes in part negotiated by President Trump, the US House of Representatives passed 217 to 213 the American Health Care Act.
May 4, 2017
Letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Chairmen Kevin Brady and Greg Walden Supporting Recently Introduced Reconciliation Legislation
The National Business Group on Health sent a support letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Chairmen Kevin Brady and Greg Walden supporting reconciliation legislation that that would eliminate the ACA’s direct and indirect taxes on employer-sponsored coverage and delay the ACA’s excise until 2025. However, our ultimate goal is repeal of the ACA’s excise tax in its entirety and we strongly support the bipartisan effort to enact legislation (H.R.173 and S.58).
Mar 9, 2017
Republican Senators Introduce ACA Repeal and Replace Proposals
Last week, three Republican Senators released two new ACA repeal and replace proposals that remain silent on the ACA’s excise tax, but would repeal the employer and individual mandates.
Feb 1, 2017
The Trump Administration and the New Congress: Implications for Health Care
This webinar looks at what’s likely to change and what is not if the ACA is repealed and replaced, including the employer mandate, plan rules, benefit mandates, and the excise tax. It also examines the process and likely time frame for repeal and what replacement coverage and assistance is likely for those currently covered by the state exchanges.
Jan 27, 2017
National Business Group on Health - Health Policy Outlook Slides
These slides provide an outlook for health policy in the new Administration and the new Congress.
Jan 17, 2017
Congress Takes First Steps towards Repealing and Replacing the ACA
Early this morning, the Senate passed a budget resolution that includes reconciliation instructions to two House Committees (Energy and Commerce and Ways and Means) and Senate Committees (Finance and Health, Education, Labor and Pensions) to achieve at least $1 billion in federal budget savings from 2017 – 2026.
Jan 12, 2017
California and Colorado Voters Reject Health Ballot Initiatives
Last Tuesday, California and Colorado voters rejected health ballot initiatives that could have substantially impacted employer-sponsored coverage.
Nov 17, 2016
House Republican Health Proposal Would Tax Health Benefits
Last week, the House Republican Task Force on Health Care Reform unveiled its health proposal that calls for ACA repeal/replace and largely leaves employer coverage intact.
Jun 29, 2016
Sen. Cassidy (R-La) and Rep. Sessions (R-Tx) Introduce ACA Substitute That Keeps Taxation of Benefits on Table
As Washington awaits House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) ACA alternative, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Representative Pete Sessions (R-TX) recently introduced a bill that would modify the ACA, but still tax health benefits.
May 31, 2016

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