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Healthcare Happy Hour
26 minutes | 11 days ago
Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Landmark ACA Case
After well over a year of discussion in the media, the Supreme Court finally heard oral arguments in California v Texas, the case that will decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner is joined by co-founder and CEO of MZQ Consulting Jennifer Berman to talk about the case, what we learned from listening to oral arguments, and the potential fate of the ACA.
27 minutes | 18 days ago
NAHU Government Affairs Team Discuss 2020 Election Results
After a long election week plagued by uncertainty, Joe Biden has reportedly secured 290 electoral votes compared to President Donald Trump’s 217. You only need 270 to win, and while there are still recounts and legal challenges underway, the former vice president has surpassed that number. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss the results of the election at both the presidential and congressional levels as well as what all of this means for agents and brokers.
25 minutes | 25 days ago
NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein and Guest Alan Katz Discuss Election Results
In our most recent “Live from NAHU” webinar, NAHU CEO Janet Trautwein recapped the election results thus far and what they mean for the next Congress. Listen to Janet and special guest Alan Katz, co-founder and CEO of NextAgency, discuss what we know so far and how the results shape NAHU’s legislative strategy.
28 minutes | a month ago
Amy Coney Barrett Officially Confirmed to the Supreme Court
Amy Coney Barrett is officially an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Barrett was sworn in on Tuesday October 27 by Justice Clarence Thomas, cementing her place in history as a member of the nation’s highest court. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy discusses what this could mean for both healthcare and the Supreme Court moving forward.
16 minutes | a month ago
Special Guest from HM Insurance Group Discusses Underwriting Catastrophic Risk Mid-Pandemic
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour we are joined by Mark Lawrence from HM Insurance Group to discuss what underwriting has been like during the pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on his business. Mark Lawrence was senior vice president of underwriting at the time of this recording – he has since been named president of HM Insurance Group.
26 minutes | a month ago
Special Guest Susan Dentzer Discusses Data-Driven Methods of Lowering Healthcare Costs
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour we are taking a break from the crazy politics in Washington to focus on potential data-driven solutions to lower healthcare costs. Susan Dentzer, Senior Policy Fellow for the Robert J. Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University and host of Optum’s new health policy podcast Until It’s Fixed joins us to discuss what’s working and what isn’t working in our healthcare system and how we can lower costs through untangling administrative complexity.
24 minutes | 2 months ago
Special Guests Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at NAHU’s Lobbying Efforts in Washington
Have you ever wanted to get an inside scoop on our government relations efforts? On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we are joined by special guests Legislative Council Chair Scott Wham and Jonathon Jones, partner at Peck Madigan Jones – the firm that NAHU works with to ensure that the legislative priorities of the association are being appropriately represented. We discuss what lobbying and government relations looks like behind the scenes, how Jones got his start, what it has been like working during the pandemic, what could happen on Election Day, and more.
22 minutes | 2 months ago
Supreme Court Nominations, Executive Orders and Presidential Debates
We have plenty of topics to cover on this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour. Last week President Trump signed two executive orders under the umbrella of his “America First Health Plan” focused on pre-existing conditions and surprise billing. This week, the president nominated Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation’s highest court, and the first presidential debate aired on CBS. NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner and Chris Hartmann discuss all of this and more
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg died last week at the age of 87, leaving behind a rich legacy that inspired millions of Americans. Ginsberg, nicknamed RBG, was the second woman ever to serve as a justice on the nation's highest court. Ginsberg’s passing puts the Senate in the position of deciding whether to nominate and confirm another justice before Election Day, less than 40 days away. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy M. Buckner discusses RBG’s legacy, where the Senate might go from here, and the impact of Ginsburg’s passing on the ACA.
16 minutes | 2 months ago
Bill to Establish COBRA as Creditable Coverage Passes out of Committee
In a major success for NAHU and Medicare beneficiaries across the country, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed HR 2564, the Medicare Enrollment Protection Act, which would establish COBRA as creditable coverage for the purpose of Medicare. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss what exactly what is in the bill, the journey so far, and what it will take to pass the bill into law.
18 minutes | 3 months ago
GOP Introduces New COVID-19 Bill as Potential Shutdown Looms on the Horizon
This week marks the official end of August recess for both the House and Senate as members of Congress returned to the nation’s capital. Democrats and Republicans left Washington at the beginning of August without a bipartisan agreement on the next legislative coronavirus response package. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss the potential for a fourth coronavirus response package, as well as the possibility of a government shutdown at the end of the month. Note: This episode was recorded on September 9. Since then, the new Republican proposal was introduced in the Senate but failed to pass.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
CMS/CCIIO Hosts Agent and Broker Virtual Roundtable
Last week the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, or CCIIO, held a first of its kind virtual roundtable ahead of this year’s open enrollment in the exchanges. The event was hosted by CCIIO’s longest serving director Randy Pate and the deputy director of the small business and agent/broker innovation division Dean Mohs. The event was attended by over 70 agents and brokers from across the country as well as our own Marcy M. Buckner. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Marcy discusses the event in detail.
16 minutes | 3 months ago
The First-Ever Virtual Republican National Convention
If you’ve been following political headlines the past couple of weeks, they’ve been dominated by the Democratic and Republican virtual National Conventions. Last week we reviewed the DNC, so make sure to go back and listen to that edition of the podcast if you haven’t already. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, NAHU’s John Greene and Marcy M. Buckner join us to talk about the Republican National Convention and the experience of tuning in to an all-virtual convention.
22 minutes | 3 months ago
The First-Ever Virtual Democratic National Convention
If you’re looking at the headlines in politics for the next two weeks, they will undoubtedly be dominated by the virtual Democratic and Republican National Conventions. The Democratic National Convention, where Joe Biden was formally named the party’s nominee for president, was held this week, but it looked… a bit different than it normally does. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Vice President of Congressional Affairs Chris Hartmann joins us to talk about the DNC, his experience tuning in to an all-virtual national convention, and details about Joe Biden's healthcare plan. On next week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we’ll be joined by Vice President of Congressional Affairs John Greene about the Republican National Convention.
18 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Guest Discusses President’s Executive Actions on Coronavirus Relief
After Republicans and Democrats failed to come to an agreement on a fourth COVID-19 relief package, President Trump signed several executive actions designed to provide relief to millions of financially struggling Americans. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, Compliance Corner member and CEO of MZQ Consulting Jennifer Berman joins us to discuss exactly what these actions do and how they could impact you and your clients.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Listen to this Month’s Edition of the President’s Perspective
On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, we are once again spotlighting NAHU’s new President’s Perspective podcast. Soon you’ll be able to subscribe to the President’s Perspective on iTunes, Stitcher, and Spotify – just like the Healthcare Happy Hour! On this edition of the President’s Perspective, NAHU President Dane Rianhard, Membership Council Chair David C. Smith, and special guest Chair of NAHU Legislative Council Scott Wham review Dane's first month as president, the importance of telling your story to your legislators, the realities of a younger workforce, and the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.
38 minutes | 4 months ago
Special Guests Discuss President Trump’s Prescription Drug Executive Orders
Last Friday, President Trump signed four executive orders aimed at lowering prescription drug prices, including seeking changes to PBMs and promoting importation of cheaper medications from abroad. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, founder of The Canadian Medstore and RxManage Bill Hepscher and COO of Global Rx Management Casey MacPherson join us to discuss the potential impacts of these executive orders.
22 minutes | 5 months ago
Special Guest on NAHU's New Mental Health Task Force
Did you know that NAHU has created a Mental Health Task Force? Along with other legislative working groups such as the Medicare Advisory Group and the Prescription Drugs Task Force, the Mental Health Task Force will explore legislative and regulatory developments as they relate to mental health parity in the market. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, DeDe Kennedy, the chair of this new task force, joins us to discuss the goals and purpose of this group. If you are interested in joining the Mental Health Task Force please send a statement of interest to email@example.com.
13 minutes | 6 months ago
Special Guest on the NAHU Employer Working Group Think Tank
While we await further regulatory guidance from the Administration as well as another bipartisan coronavirus package from Congress, this week’s Healthcare Happy Hour is spotlighting the NAHU Employer-Based Plan Working Group’s Think Tank, which first debuted at a breakout session during this year’s Capitol Conference. Gary Cupo, chair of the Employer Working Group’s Balance Billing Subcommittee and winner of the Think Tank contest at Cap Con, joins us to discuss the Think Tank and his winning pitch. If you would like to offer any ideas, thoughts or suggestions to bring the Think Tank to the next level, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
18 minutes | 6 months ago
Congress Passes Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility
As Congress continues deliberation on what should be included in the next large bipartisan coronavirus response package, we’re looking at smaller bills, including one that deals with Flexible Spending Accounts, extension and changes to the Paycheck Protection Program, and a renewed fight from the White House to ban surprise billing. On this week’s episode of the Healthcare Happy Hour, NAHU’s Marcy M. Buckner John Greene and Chris Hartmann discuss these developments.
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