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September 25, 2017

Washington Update

Healthcare Update
This afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee—one of two committees responsible for healthcare in the Senate—is holding a hearing on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare proposal. Yesterday, Senators circulated a new version of the bill, designed to appeal to key legislators, such as Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK). This updated bill retains they key components of Graham-Cassidy, threatening both government and employer-based health insurance coverage. It would cut Medicaid spending, eliminate the Prevention and Public Health Fund, and do away with requirements to cover benefits such as maternity care. The bill would also remove penalties for employers that fail to provide affordable health insurance to employees. Last week, the other committee overseeing healthcare—the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions or Senate HELP—announced that their bipartisan efforts to stabilize healthcare markets under the existing Affordable Care Act system had come to an end. Leaders of the HELP Committee, Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), were informed that Republican leadership is unwilling to put their bipartisan proposal to a vote. This action increases the likelihood of Graham-Cassidy moving forward. However, Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) announcement that he will vote against the bill, and Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) statement yesterday that “it’s very difficult for [her] to envision a scenario where [she] would end up voting for this bill," both decrease the bill’s likelihood of passage. Congress has until this Saturday, September 30th, to pass the bill using the FY2017 budget reconciliation process, which allows them to do so with a simple majority (50 votes + the Vice President).

September 19, 2017

Legislative Alert: Take Action to Save the Affordable Care Act!

September 18, 2017


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September 25, 2017

2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits

NWA invites you to join us at the Memphis Cook Convention Center and the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee for our 2017 Biennial NWA WIC Technology, Program Integrity, and Vendor Management Education & Networking Conference and Exhibits.

September 25-28, 2017 | Memphis, TN

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