2017 has certainly been a busy year! With 2018 just around the corner, Hafetz and Associates is taking a look back at the past year in our business and in health care with our 2017 Year in Review.
After eight years of President Barack Obama and his legislation with the Affordable Care Act, President Donald Trump was sworn in on January 20th with vows to repeal and replace the ACA, also known as Obamacare. Although “repeal and replace” was a big part of the menu for the first part of the year, changes still remain to be seen as Obamacare is still law and will be for the foreseeable future.
In February we kept up our tradition of Go Red for Women, which celebrated its 15th anniversary this year! Go Red for Women is always on National Wear Red for Women Day to spread awareness about heart disease.
Luckily, we went unscathed for the rest of the winter – although there were a few snowy days through March!
In May, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources made some important changes to the Affordable Care Act, by cutting the enrollment period in half and implementing tougher rules for verifying eligibility during the special enrollment period. Also in May was a push for Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, which passed the House of Representatives but not the Senate.
In July many Hafetz and Associates employees celebrated Independence Day the right way – with fireworks, patriotic accessories, and family!
After some time relaxing over the 4th of July, Hafetz employees got their competition on with the annual Dragon Boat Race in Mays Landing, NJ. Although we didn’t win, we all still had a good time – and even got to meet New Jersey’s newest governor, Phil Murphy (although at the time, he was a gubernatorial candidate!).
It feels like so long ago already, but this year – along with others around the country – Hafetz employees got to witness the rare solar eclipse! We joined each other outside and watched the phenomenon through the special solar eclipse glasses.
In November, the new rules for Open Enrollment were implemented as the federal exchange began on November 1st and ended on December 15th. As the numbers roll in we will see how much the shorter enrollment period affected consumers going forward in 2018.
2017 had its ups and downs, but it cannot be denied that some awesome things happened, like a once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse! What are you looking forward to in 2018?