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Washington Report – Nov. 20, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: November 20, 2020

While, as of this writing, President Trump has not yet officially conceded, former Vice President Joseph R. Biden will be the 46th President of the United States. President-Elect Biden has said he is committed to including all law enforcement voices at the table and NAPO has reached out to his campaign to move the priorities of our members and the law enforcement community. Under the Biden Administration, NAPO will focus on ensuring we have a voice at the table in police and criminal justice reform and that state and local law enforcement continue to get the resources and support necessary to serve and protect our communities effectively; Congress is back for the first time since the elections and has a full plate for the lame duck session. In addition to a COVID relief package, Congress has just three weeks to agree to and finalize Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations before government funding runs out Dec. 11.  COVID relief talks are on-going, with both sides agreeing Congress must act before the end of the year but continuing to dig into their respective positions. House and Senate negotiators are making progress on the Fiscal 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA); The Blue Alert Advisory Group, of which NAPO is a member, in conjunction with the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, is continuing to work on establishing Blue Alert systems in all 50 states. Fifteen states and Washington, D.C. do not have Blue Alert networks; The Affordable Care Act (ACA) can be a complex and trying exercise for fund trustees and administrators. This is especially true for self-insured plans with losing the current grandfathered status of their plan(s). In reviewing the ACA and concerns of fund trustees and administrators, the Humana Legal Department has done its due diligence and is confident in stating: Removing retirees from the eligible population of a self-insured medical and/or prescription drug plan is not a change that would result in the self-insured plan losing its ACA grandfathered status. Likewise, it is unlikely the self-insured medical and/or prescription drug plan would lose its ACA grandfathered status if, later, those retirees were moved back to the self-insured medical and/or prescription drug plan.

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