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GOVERNMENTAFFAIRS

State Advocacy Efforts Leading the Way
ACA's state and regional units are fighting for accounts receivable management industry priorities. Here's what
they've been up to this year.
By Andrew Madden

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CA International and our 36 state
and regional units have been busy
working on legislative activities
during the 2019 legislative cycle. These units
and their network of more than 30 lobbyists
continue to fight for accounts receivable
management (ARM) industry priorities and
educate elected officials about the impact
changing technology and new regulations
have on the day-to-day operations of our
members and their clients.
It's been a busy year because all 50 states
convened legislative sessions in 2019. Many
state legislatures have new leadership in the
wake of the 2018 elections, and over 1,600
newly elected state legislators took their seats

for the first time. These leadership changes
present opportunities for our industry as
well as obstacles. Earlier this spring, ACA
worked with state units to launch a national
grassroots campaign aimed at introducing
or reintroducing the ARM industry to state
lawmakers across the country. The campaign
has reached more than 2,500 state legislators,
and more units are considering an additional
push later this year.
Legislative activity impacting the ARM
industry has been high this year. Given
the bills introduced over the last several
legislative sessions, this intense level of
activity is no surprise to our legislative teams
working in each state. Currently ACA is

tracking more than 620 state-level bills that,
if enacted, would impact the ARM industry.
A key component to successfully
working on such a high number of bills
is communications across state lines.
This enables our lobbying teams to hear
about strategies that are working and can
be duplicated, as well as notifying them
of trends before they happen. As part of
this effort, ACA's Unit and State Affairs
Committee, chaired by Christian Lehr, chief
operating officer for Healthcare Collections,
LLC, hosts a monthly call for all state
unit legislative teams and their lobbyists
to discuss the issues they are facing and
strategies they are using in their state. These
forums continue to be critical in developing
strategies to address national legislative
issues impacting the industry.

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We've seen efforts to limit garnishment
through increased exemptions in at
least seven states, including California,
Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Texas,
Washington and Wyoming. Six states
and the District of Columbia considered
shortening the statute of limitations or
prohibiting collection actions after the
statute has passed. These states include
California, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New
York, Texas and Vermont.
Several states, including California,
Washington, Texas and New York,
considered comprehensive legislation on
data security and privacy, and more than a
dozen states considered legislation to limit
out-of-network charges on medical bills.
There have also been efforts from numerous
units to rein in mass-dispute letters from
credit repair companies. The California and
Indiana units both worked to get legislation

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Collection Tips
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Protecting Health Care Data
Calendar
Honor Roll
Education Spotlight
ACA SearchPoint
Ad Index
Membership
Last Word
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