Spokane, Wash. – With political turmoil continuing to swirl in Washington, one big question credit union HR and benefits professionals have is: What is the status of the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare), and what does it mean for my credit union?

At the NWCUA's MAXX Convention Wednesday, Donna Losch, SVP of Brown & Brown Insurance and program manager for The NWFA Trust, admitted she hoped to have more information to share during her breakout session, "The Affordable Care Act: Where Does it Stand in 2018?" when she chose the topic six months ago. But the future of the ACA remains as uncertain now as it did then. "It's still a little bit in limbo," she said.

Going into 2018, the ACA will remain the law of the land, but its uncertain future will unfortunately cost all of us money, Losch said. "The insurance companies are planning on worst-case scenarios, and that means we'll see increased prices," she said.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has been immersed in the credit union industry for over a decade. She first joined CU Times in 2011 as a freelance writer, and following a two-year hiatus from 2013-2015, during which time she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union), she re-joined the CU Times team full-time as managing editor. She was promoted to executive editor in 2019. In the earlier days of her career, Chilingerian focused on news and lifestyle journalism, serving as a writer and editor for numerous regional publications in Oregon, Louisiana, South Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition, she holds experience in marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space. At CU Times, she covers People and Community news, cybersecurity, fintech partnerships, marketing, workplace culture, leadership, DEI, branch strategies, digital banking and more. She currently works remotely and splits her time between Southern California and Portland, Ore.