NAHU Washington Update 10/8/2021

NAHU Washington Update 10/8/2021
NAHU Celebrates Regulatory Victory Following Surprise-Billing Interim Final Rules
The combination of both the “Part 1” and “Part 2” IFRs result in a regulatory victory for NAHU. However, to explain how we achieved this regulatory win, we must look back at the statutory and rulemaking process that got us to this point… Read More
Federal Agencies Releases FAQs About ACA, HIPAA and CARES Act Implementation
Overall, these FAQs confirm that COVID-19 vaccination discounts or surcharges are governed by health-contingent wellness plan rules (as an exception to HIPAA’s general nondiscrimination requirement and compliant with wellness plan regulations implemented following the ACA), thereby… Read More
CMS Releases 2022 Medicare Advantage and Part D Star Ratings to Help Medicare Beneficiaries Compare Plans
CMS released the 2022 Star Ratings for Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D prescription drug plans today to help people with Medicare compare plans ahead of Medicare Open Enrollment, which kicks off on October 15… Read More
Compliance Now: Surprise Bills No More—So What Will Docs Get Paid?
Guidance recently issued by the Departments of Labor, Treasury and Health and Human Services sets out the framework for how this disconnect will be resolved. This new procedure, which generally applies if there is not an otherwise applicable process at the state-level, is described below… Read More
Compliance Now: Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccines
The new HHS FAQs also specify that HIPAA doesn’t apply when an employer asks an employee their vaccination status. This is because the Privacy Rule doesn’t apply to employment records. While it is permissible to ask for this information, employers must… Read More
Urge Your Members of Congress to Support the Commonsense Reporting Act
This bipartisan bill will provide much-needed relief for employers seeking to comply with the reporting requirements under section 6055 and 6056 for enforcement of the ACA’s individual and employer mandates. NAHU has long sought these reforms and we look forward to… Read More
State Spotlight: Kentucky, Maine and New Mexico Transition to State-Based Exchange
Open enrollment for individual market coverage, including in these three states, begins on November 1. Consumers in Kentucky, Maine and New Mexico will be able to use their state’s marketplaces to explore options, shop and enroll in 2022 healthcare plans. This includes… Read More