Shaping HSA Legislation, Navigator Roles, the Marketplaces and a New Supreme Court
This week’s NAHU Healthcare Happy Hour podcast features an extended edition with Marcy M. Buckner, John Greene and Chris Hartmann as they examine several key developments by Congress and the Trump Administration on healthcare policy. On Capitol Hill, the House Ways and Means committee advanced a series of NAHU-supported HSA related bills that would modify the spousal rules, allow consumers to use funds on onsite clinics, and for seniors on Medicare to contribute to HSAs, in addition to passing legislation that would delay the ACA’s employer mandate and further delay the Cadillac/excise tax. Meanwhile, the Trump Administration announced it would be freezing funds for the ACA’s risk adjustment program, likely leading to further instability in the individual markets, and would further cut navigator funding while expanding the scope of their role to inform consumers on the availability of association health plans and short-term plans. President Trump also announced the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, where if confirmed by the Senate, he may play a critical role in deciding the fate of the ACA.