With state and federal elections less than two months away, a bit of uncertainty about the future of health care reform still lingers. One thing that is certain is that there are a number of key health policy decisions and challenges that lie ahead for the next administration, Congress, and state officials to address as they build their budgets for 2017 and beyond.

The Alliance is anticipating that several health care issues will take center stage over the next biennium. In Wisconsin, there will be the decision as to whether the state will self-fund its health benefits program. On a federal level, there will be much discussion on the future of the ACA and how it will be funded. Both issues could have significant implications on the employer-sponsored health care system that exists today.

One way Alliance members can be involved in shaping these policy decisions is through involvement with The Alliance Health Policy Committee. The Health Policy Committee serves to not only advise our Board of Directors on health issues that impact our member companies, but also works to advocate for the employer’s role in improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of health care.

Over the years, committee members have included both human resources and benefits professionals, as well as senior level executives within our member companies. Through their knowledge and experience, these members have provided expertise on health benefit issues and helped to guide our strategies to inform and educate lawmakers and regulators.

If you are interested in learning more about The Alliance’s health policy function or would like to become a member of our Health Policy Committee, please contact me at cdemars@the-alliance.org or Annette Cruz at acruz@the-alliance.org or 608.347.8190.

Cheryl DeMars

Cheryl DeMars

President & CEO at The Alliance
Cheryl DeMars joined The Alliance in 1992, assuming several roles before becoming CEO in December 2006. Cheryl works with the Board of Directors and senior leadership team to establish the strategic direction of the cooperative.

Cheryl participates in a number of national and regional initiatives that align with The Alliance’s mission of controlling costs, improving quality and engaging individuals in their health. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the board of the Wisconsin Collaborative for Healthcare Quality.

Prior to joining The Alliance, Cheryl was a program manager at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She earned a master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Cheryl DeMars