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Here are some great tools built and managed by the Sunlight Foundation that you may find interesting.

Capitol Words explores the most popular words and phrases used by legislators in the U.S. Congress. Search the data from 1996 to today by state, date or politician.

Influence Explorer connects the dots of political contributions on the federal and state level allowing you to track influence by lawmaker, company or prominent individual.

Open States allows anyone to discover more about lawmaking in their state. With Open States, you can track state bills, get campaign and contact information for legislators and follow all the action across 50 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.

Party Time documents the political fundraising circuit. From the early morning hours until late at night, there are opportunities for members of Congress, presidential and congressional candidates to meet with supporters behind closed doors, press them for money and party. Breakfasts, luncheons, barbecues, golfing outings, receptions, concerts, basketball, baseball, football—the social whirl is endless.

Political Ad Sleuth is an opportunity for local volunteers to help us make a national, online database of TV stations’ public ad files. This paperwork, which every broadcaster keeps but doesn’t post online, contains important information about who is buying airtime for political ads.

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Trump Executive Order Includes Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Long championed by the NASE, Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) have become a significant tool for the self-employed and micro-business owner to use to offer a unique, innovative health care benefit.

In conversations with the Administration earlier this year, the NASE advocated for the expansion of HRAs. With the executive order, President Trump is requesting that the Departments of Labor, Treasury, and Health & Human services within 120 days, “consider proposing regulations or revising guidance, to the extent permitted by law and supported by sound policy, to increase the usability of HRAs, to expand employers’ ability to offer HRAs to their employees, and to allow HRAs to be used in conjunction with nongroup coverage.”

The NASE believes strongly that HRAs are immensely important for employers to offer options and financial support to their employees in purchasing qualified health care expenses. Any move by the Administration to provide greater flexibility and more control over health care will help those in the small business community save, grow and expand, therefore helping to strengthen the overall economy.

The executive order also included instructions to the evaluate the development and implementation of association health plans and the necessity to create short term, limited duration health plans.

The announcement of the executive order comes on the heels of what the Trump Administration sees as complete failure in repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, which they pushed as a “must do.” We can anticipate that the Trump Administration to issue further executive orders, directing the agencies of jurisdiction to evaluate ways in which they can change the ACA without legislative action by Congress.

Katie Vlietstra is NASE’s Vice President for Government Relations and Public Affairs.

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