March 19, 2019

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Podcast Episode 50: Digging Deeper into the Challenges of a Single-Payer System – Part III

In the third part of this mini-series on single-payer systems, Suzanne Spradley and Chase Cannon focus on the challenges of funding a single-payer system, with a focus on the single-payer proposal put forth by Senator Bernie Sanders. Suzanne explains that the Sanders plan is a comprehensive first-dollar government-financed health insurance plan for all Americans, and is therefore very expensive. Suzanne outlines the taxes that would have to be raised and to what extent, and discusses studies that outline the total amounts of tax increases for both individuals and businesses. Suzanne and Chase discuss the different purported savings and efficiencies under the Sanders proposal, and how various studies dispute them. The two address different aspects of current inefficiencies in US-run programs, including waste, fraud and abuse in the current Medicare system. The two conclude that funding a single-payer system in any form will be a huge challenge; one that will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to overcome for those that support such a system.

Every other week, NFP's legal experts make the subject of compliance personal for a wide audience. By breaking down the daunting details of emerging policies and bridging the gap between legislation and what it means for the listener, Chase Cannon and Suzanne Spradley make compliance issues relatable and relevant. Visit our Soundcloud page every two weeks for the most up-to-date episode.

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March "Get Wise Wednesdays" - The Role of Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions

NFP's Benefits Compliance team is hosting its next webinar on March 20, 2019, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. CT (3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET). The topic is "The Role of Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions."

Can’t make a live webinar? A recording of each session will be posted to the NFP Client Learning Portal within 48 hours of the live webinar. Those listening to a recorded webinar aren’t eligible for recertification credit.

The moderator will answer as many questions as possible during the webinar. If your question isn't answered by the end of the webinar, reach out to your advisor for assistance.

The Role of Employee Benefits in Mergers and Acquisitions
March 20

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All programs are pending approval for 1.0 (general) recertification credit hour toward PHR, SPHR and GPHR recertification through the HR Certification Institute. For more information about certification or recertification, visit the HR Certification Institute website at