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Just for Fun

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.

For more on what the NASE is doing for Small Business in Washington, check out Washington Watch.

The Latest...

Here's a sample of some of the things we've been working on.


NASE Continues to Champion Reforms to Health Reimbursement Arrangements

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

In a letter to the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, the NASE provided comments in response to the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States issued by President Trump on October 12, 2017. Section 4 of the Executive Order specifically addresses increasing availability of and access to the use of Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) for employers and their employees.

The letter strongly urged the Department of Treasury to reverse the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2013-54 which wrongly subjected HRAs to the same rules as group health plans and discourages employers from providing this type of valued and valuable benefit to employees.

The previous administration ruled that HRAs are health plans subject to certain market rules established by the Affordable Care Act. Because HRAs do not meet these market rules, they trigger outrageous and unsustainable fines on the employers ($100 per day, per employee—totaling $36,500 over the course of the year) offering this type of financial assistance for health care costs to their employees.

In 2016, through provision 18001 of the 21st Century Cures Act, the law was amended to allow small businesses—those with fewer than 50 full-time employees—to offer an HRA without penalty if certain qualifications are met. This law is a necessary, but partial, legislative fix to an underlying regulatory problem.

The letter encourages the Department of Treasury to fix the underlying problem by reversing the original 2013 guidance issued through the IRS, and allow HRAs to be used more flexibly and by more businesses as was the case prior to the guidance.

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