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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Barbara A. Bellanti
Battenfeld Grease &
Oil Corporation of N.Y.
American Oil &
Supply International, LLC
Scott A. Schwindaman
Lubrication Engineers, Inc.
Immediate Past President
Beth Ann Jones
Hangsterfer's Laboratories, Inc.
Radco Industries, Inc.
Healthcare Relief Ahead?
States, Trump administration seek solutions
Catharine T. Golden
Etna Products, Inc.
Frank H. Hamilton III
South Atlantic Services, Inc.
Pinnacle Oil, Inc.
Ronald M. Powell
Chief Executive Officer
Martha F. Jolkovski
Brenda Gillinson, CAE
Jeffrey L. Leiter
Brenda Gillinson, CAE
Mark St. Amand
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ILMA is pleased to present a variety of viewpoints in Compoundings magazine. Readers should keep in mind that bylined articles
represent the views of the named author or authors and not
necessarily the opinions, viewpoints or positions of ILMA
he results of ILMA's Advocacy Survey are in, and once again, the top concern
among ILMA's manufacturing members is health care. It's no wonder, as the
cost of providing health care for employees under the mandates of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to skyrocket, with little relief in sight.
ILMA members are not the only ones struggling with the costs of health care.
Consumers on the individual market are increasingly finding monthly premiums,
even for high-deductible plans, unaffordable. One state is attempting to address
affordability. In February, the Idaho Department of Insurance announced it was
developing its own "state-based" plan in an attempt to find lower-cost options for
consumers. To make the alternative plans affordable, Blue Cross - which is developing the plans for Idaho - proposed a maximum benefits payout of $1 million
per person annually. Critics challenge the legality of the alternative plans. Under
the ACA, insurance plans aren't allowed to limit the total coverage.
The proposed Idaho program offers lower rates for healthy individuals, which
also may violate the ACA, as some interpret the move as increasing costs for people
with pre-existing conditions.
How will the federal government respond? So far, Health and Human Services
Secretary Alex Azar has declined to take a position until the state's insurance regulatory agency approves the plans.
As we all know, Congressional Republicans tried repeatedly to "repeal and replace"
last year, without success. However, in addition to the action in Idaho, the Trump administration is tinkering with the ACA, which may bring some relief down the road.
Following an executive order signed by the president last year, the Department
of Labor (DOL) proposed a rule that will allow small businesses to band together
and purchase "association health plans" without the regulatory burdens that the
ACA imposes on smaller employers. The rule modifies the definition of "employer" to allow businesses to join together under a "commonality of interest" to offer
health care plans to employees.
According to the DOL, "The proposed rule, which applies only to employer-sponsored health insurance, would allow businesses to join together as a single
group to purchase insurance in the large group market. These improvements stand
to open health insurance coverage for millions of Americans and their families by
making it more affordable for thousands of small businesses and sole proprietors.
By joining together, employers may reduce administrative costs through economies of scale, strengthen their bargaining position to obtain more favorable deals,
enhance their ability to self-insure, and offer a wider array of insurance options."
As the DOL proposal moves forward, ILMA will be providing supportive comments to the agency. The DOL notes that up to 11 million Americans working for
small businesses lack employer-provided health insurance because of cost. Small
business association health plans could provide an affordable alternative.
Chief Executive Officer
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ILMA Compoundings March 2018
LETTER FROM THE CEO
WHAT’S COMING UP
In the Know
IS A JOINT VENTURE THE ANSWER?
WHERE’S YOUR INVENTORY?
SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - Cover2
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - 1
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - 2
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - LETTER FROM THE CEO
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - INSIDE ILMA
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - WHAT’S COMING UP
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - INDUSTRY RUNDOWN
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - In the Know
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - International Insight
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - Market Report
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - IS A JOINT VENTURE THE ANSWER?
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - WHERE’S YOUR INVENTORY?
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - SPEAKING YOUR LANGUAGE
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - BUSINESS HUB
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - COUNSEL COMPOUND
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - WASHINGTON LANDSCAPE
ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - Member Connections
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - Cross Connections
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ILMA Compoundings March 2018 - PORTRAIT
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