The National Association Association of Health Underwriters (NAHU) is sending more than 700 people who specialize in selling health insurance, and explaining it to their clients, to Capitol Hill this week.

NAHU officially began its 2018 Capitol Conference at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, at the Hyatt Regency Washington, D.C., with an opening reception sponsored by UMB Healthcare Services Inc., and an evening of bowling.

(Related: NAHU Educates Washington)

NAHU is offering a day of briefings and meetings for attendees on Monday.

NAHU will offer more briefings for attendees on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon, attendees will head to Capitol Hill, for prearranged meetings with senators, representatives and legislative aides.

One of the scheduled speakers is Eric Hargan, the deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., is also on the list of speakers.

The representatives on the speaker list include Josh Gottheimer, a New Jersey Democrat; Mike Kelly, a Pennsylvania Republican; Billy Long, a Missouri Republican; Tom Reed, a New York Republican; Kurt Schrader, an Oregon Democrat; and Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Republican.

Peter Lee, the executive director of Covered California, California’s ACA public exchange program, will make the case for why public exchange programs and agents should work together.

A year ago, when NAHU members converged on Washington for the 2017 Capitol Conference, the new Trump administration was just beginning to outline its health care and health finance policy plans. Administration officials were talking about the possibility of repealing the Affordable Care Act system outright.

In the past year, the Trump administration and Congress have made changes that could clear the way for increased use of health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, short-term health insurance policies, and, eventually, multi-state association health plans.

For now, the ACA public exchange system, the ACA risk-adjustment program and the ACA premium tax credit subsidy program appear to be functioning about the way they were functioning a year ago. One thing 2018 Capitol Conference attendees will hear about is the major ACA change proposals now circulating in Washington.

Stuart Rothenberg, a senior editor at Inside Elections with Nathan L. Gonzales, will talk about the upcoming mid-term elections on Tuesday.


Resources

NAHU has posted resources for the conference attendees, including a podcast, here.

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