March 29, 2021
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AHIP in the news
The AHIP National Policy Conference explored a variety of issues related to health equity, health care coverage and social determinants of health, as well as recent developments like the revocation of the 2019 public charge rule. That change as well as a temporary expansion of subsidies for Affordable Care Act plans could open access to insurance, while experts say efforts to increase price transparency in health care are likely here to stay.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Health Care (3/16) 
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AHIP and 15 other industry stakeholders signed a letter urging Congress to fully eliminate the Medicare Part D rebate rule enacted in the waning days of the previous administration. The rule would do away with anti-kickback protections for the rebates, which the authors of the letter say would drive up costs for taxpayers and beneficiaries.
Full Story: FierceHealthcare (3/17) 
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AHIP Solutions
21 states see rise in new COVID-19 cases
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Data from Johns Hopkins University indicates new COVID-19 cases are increasing in 21 states, despite the rapid pace of vaccination across the US. The weekly average of new cases for the nation plateaued at 54,666 as of Friday after dropping for weeks, and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci attributes the spike to premature lifting of public health restrictions.
Full Story: CNBC (3/20) 
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AHIP on the issues
AHIP's national education campaign, "Care Changes Everything", highlights the meaningful ways health insurance providers support the people they serve every day. The campaign makes clear that care and support shouldn't be something that's only there when you're sick. Learn more at CareChangesEverything.org.
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AHIP Wellness
CDC guidelines for those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 signal hope for workplace normality, but challenges remain for employers, experts say. "The best approach is to be transparent with employees," says HR professional Niki Jorgensen, and among the considerations are worksite layout changes to reduce transmission risk, requiring vs. encouraging vaccination, and effects on company culture and morale.
Full Story: TechRepublic (3/15) 
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AHIP Agents and Brokers
Medicare consultant Joanne Giardini-Russell spells out financial scenarios to help decide whether Medigap or Medicare Advantage is better to purchase. "When we're speaking with new clients, we're attempting to coach them through conversations so that they can see themselves at age 70, 75, 80 and beyond," she writes. "It's important to not just choose your Medicare product for today."
Full Story: Advisor Perspectives (3/9) 
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