Having just finished a couple exciting days in Washington D.C. at the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference, I could not help but share my thoughts about what exciting time this is regarding all of our futures. Being in DC during an election year can be both dangerous and exciting. Political discussions over a cocktail can get feisty! But let me promise that this is not a partisan piece. However, we do need to acknowledge many of our careers and the future success of our employers may directly be impacted by the results in November.
So let me dive in- if you have not attended a NAHU meeting, you are missing out. They are well run with a crisp agenda with top notch presenters. Seema Verma, the current administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, was the keynote speaker. Plus no less than 10 House of representatives spoke either in individually or in panels. Regardless of your politics, the presenters were knowledgeable and passionate.
With over 700 attendees, it is large event with many break-outs to let you learn more about different tracks. Break-outs included presentations on Price Transparency, Medicare Trends, Referenced Based pricing (how to) and legislation aimed at controlling Drug prices.
If that was not enough, the highlight for me was going to “The Hill” and visiting with House and Senate staffers. First we were thanking them (or their bosses) for repealing both the Cadillac and HIT tax. More importantely, we were looking for their support of current bills to address “Surprise Billing” and “Creditable coverage from COBRA to Medicare”. We feel these are area where we can get bipartisan support to fix current problems impacting all of our clients even before November elections. I live in Connecticut and I was able to visit elected officials from my home state. NAHU had resources visiting the offices of all 100 Senators and 435 House members- not a small effort.
Our company will continue to do more with the local chapters of NAHU. And if you are reading this and your livelihood is based on the healthcare industry, I urge you to get involved. Your local NAHU chapter needs all of our help.
A federal court in New York recently struck down four federal Department of Labor (DOL) rules related to the leaves provided by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). As a result, certain aspects of the FFCRA are now more favorable to employees. Unfortunately, it’s not clear if the ruling applies nationwide or only in the Southern District of New York, where that court is located. Until there is further activity in the case—which may clarify whether the rules remain intact throughout the rest of the country—we recommend that employers err on the side of caution when administering FFCRA leaves and assume these particular rules no longer apply.
- How to consult your Live Team of HR Experts
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) resources (sample communications, training courses, webinars, etc.)
- How to easily create your Employee Handbook that's never out-of-date
- How to assign training to your employees from a catalog of hundreds of interactive courses
- How to navigate a multitude of resources in your Comply database
- Plus much more!
July 23rd Insurance Trends will feature guest speakers Barb Gavitt and John Meurs from A.D.Banker as we discuss the introduction of remote testing for those seeking their insurance license. We will be updating everyone on which states so far are enacting the Annuity Best Interest producer training requirements and what options will be available to fulfill that training.
Having just finished a couple exciting days in Washington D.C. at the National Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) Capitol Conference, I could not help but share my thoughts about what exciting time this is regarding all of our futures.