Ways and Means Begins Reconciliation Markup

House Ways and Means Democrats have released key pieces of their $3.5 trillion social spending package, with the committee marking up measures today and tomorrow that would mandate universal paid family leave and expand Medicare to include dental, hearing and vision benefits. Other pieces of the Ways and Means markup would commit resources to modernize… Read more »

ASAE, AHP Coalition Support Bill to Strengthen AHPs

ASAE and the Coalition to Protect and Promote Association Health Plans voiced support for legislation introduced this week to expand healthcare options and lower costs for small businesses and their employees through AHPs. The “Association Health Plans Act of 2021” (H.R. 4547) was introduced yesterday by Rep. Tim Walberg (R-MI). Co-sponsors include Rep. Michael C…. Read more »

ASAE Signs Letter to Congress Urging COBRA Coverage

ASAE joined a broad stakeholder letter this week urging Congress to include funding for temporary COBRA continuation coverage in the next COVID relief package. The requested action by Congress would help recently unemployed or furloughed Americans affected by the pandemic keep their employment-based health coverage while the nation continues to weather this unprecedented public health… Read more »

Supreme Court Appears Wary of Striking Down ACA

A majority of the Supreme Court signaled this week that they are inclined to uphold the Affordable Care Act’s essential components in a legal challenge brought by Republican states and the Trump administration. Both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh said during arguments on Tuesday that Congress’s move in 2017 to kill the… Read more »