Public Affairs Update…………………………………………………….February 6, 2019
- Support for AHP Efforts
- FAA Proposes New Drone Rules
- Upcoming Pizza & Public Affairs Events
- In Case you Missed it
Support for AHP Efforts
NAR continues to advocate for changes to promote and protect association health plans (AHPs). In addition to joining an amicus brief in support of the Department of Labor regulation expanding access to AHPs, NAR has been assisting state and local associations exploring and finding success in implementing AHPs in their areas. Regulatory insight, insurance provider contacts, and compliance guidance are some of the tools available to associations looking to implement AHPs, in addition to recommendations for consulting with local health benefits attorneys.
While many states continue to see an uphill battle due to existing regulatory barriers or insurer apprehension, NAR will continue to protect the availability of AHPs and exploring other potential health insurance options that offer comprehensive and affordable solutions for members and their families.
For more information, please visit NAR's Health Care Reform topic page. [Source: NAR Update 01-28-2019]
FAA Proposes New Drone Rules
On January 14th the FAA announced its intent to propose new rules for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones, which would allow commercial operators the ability to fly them at night and over crowds in some circumstances. Under the current regulatory regime, these activities are only allowed to occur if an operator has first received a waiver from the FAA; the proposed rules would create separate parameters for over-crowd flights based on the weight of the UAS or the injury it can cause to a person, and allow specially-trained operators whose UAS are equipped with anti-collision technology to fly them in the dark.
The proposed regime for over-crowd flights is broken into three categories. Category 1, for UAS weighing less than 0.55 lbs, has no restrictions for flying over crowds (beyond the other restrictions in place by the FAA, such as height and speed). Category 2 is not weight-based, but rather performance-based, considering the manufacturer's ability to demonstrate that if it were to crash into a person on the ground the damage would not exceed a certain threshold. UAS with "exposed rotating parts" would be excluded from this category, as would any with FAA-identified safety defects. Finally, Category 3 would include UAS that may cause greater injury to persons than Category 2 UAS, but also limits their operations. These UAS would not be able to be flown over open-air assemblies of people, must be over or within restricted access sites (with all people within notified of the activity), and, if not used at a restricted access site may fly across, but not hover over, people. [Source: NAR Update 01-28-2019]
Upcoming Pizza & Public Affairs Events
- March 6, 2019 Dr. Donald Haddad, St. Vrain Valley School District Superintendant
- April 3, 2019 Dr. Rob Anderson Boulder Valley School District Superintendant
In Case You Missed It
- Boulder ironing out opportunity zone moratorium exemptions
- Northeast Boulder's Diagonal Crossing pulling off rare feat with 105 affordable housing units
- Questions fly at county's session on Niwot district changes