U.S. Granting Fewer Visitor Visas

The U.S. granted 13 percent fewer visitor visas over the past 12 months, according to State Department data analyzed by POLITICO. Of the 48 nations analyzed by POLITICO, 37 experienced a decline while only 11 were up from the 2016 monthly average. A State Department official contacted for comment said, “Visa demand is cyclical and… Read more »

ASAE Shares AHP Comments

As reported last week, ASAE is sharing its comments on the Department of Labor’s proposed rules to expand association health plans (AHPs) with interested associations. The proposed rule grew out of an executive order issued by President Trump last October, and would broaden the type of groups that could form association health plans with the… Read more »

Trump’s FY19 Budget Delayed

President Trump’s fiscal 2019 budget request will be sent to Congress a week later than anticipated due to time lost during the recent government shutdown, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). “The shutdown came at a very critical time and therefore we have to slip to at least the 12th [of February],”… Read more »

DOL Issues Proposed Rule Expanding AHPs

The Trump administration today proposed new regulations to expand association health plans (AHPs) to create more access to affordable health coverage for small businesses and their employees. The proposed rules stem from an executive order President Trump issued in October directing federal agencies to loosen restrictions under the federal ERISA law to allow groups that… Read more »

GOP, Democrats Spar Over Government Funding

With just a week left to reach a deal to fund the government, President Trump and Democratic leaders took turns this week asserting who the country would blame if there is a government shutdown. Though congressional leaders said talks will continue, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) cancelled… Read more »