Health Policy Contact

Cheryl DeMars
President and CEO
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Get Involved

Your Voice Matters!  

Step 1:  Learn who your elected representatives are. Find your State Legislators for Ill.Wis. or U.S.Congress.

Step 2:  Contact your elected representatives on policy items that matter to you.

Step 3:  If you have government affairs staff or contract lobbyists, consider asking them to weigh in on issues.

Health Policy

The goal of The Alliance’s health policy function is to:

  • Provide timely and objective information to members,
  • Become a resource to public policy makers, and
  • Take action on issues that are likely to impact Alliance members and that are consistent with our mission.

Read our pdf Health Policy Platform.

The Alliance is a member of the American Benefits Council on behalf of employers who belong to our cooperative. We regularly share information about Council activities and pass along educational materials and learning opportunities.

Michael Best StrategiesThe Alliance works with Michael Best Strategies to tap its expertise in government relations, lobbying and stakeholder engagement. Working on behalf of The Alliance, experts from Michael Best Strategies regularly monitor health care legislation and regulations that may impact self-funded employers at the national level as well as in the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. Michael Best Strategies works closely with the Health Policy Committee as well as Alliance leadership to stay in touch with members’ concerns.

Health Policy Updates

  • Employer Wellness Plan Incentives to be removed from EEOC Rules
  • The Alliance Urges CMS to Adopt Proposed Rules for Direct-to-Consumer Drug Advertising
  • CMS Proposes Decreasing Patient Safety Transparency

Read the updates

Health Reform Updates

  • NAHCP Submits Comment Letter on American Patients First Drug Pricing Blueprint
  • The Alliance Joins in Urging Senate to Avoid Taxing Employer Coverage
  • What do the latest health reform proposals mean to employers?

Read health reform updates

Want to get involved with health policy?

Members are welcome to join The Alliance Health Policy Committee. For more information, contact Cheryl DeMars, president  & CEO at 608.210.6621 or

Learn about the committee

Healthy Policy News & Updates

health care debate
Who Stands for What? Breaking Down the Democratic Presidential Candidates’ Health Care Proposals
Health care is already looming large as an issue in the upcoming 2020 presidential election. The broad field of Democratic ...
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Woman looking at surprise medical bill
When It Comes to Surprise Bills, Congress Should Side with Consumers
Cathy Mahaffey is CEO of the non-profit Common Ground Healthcare Cooperative, Wisconsin’s largest individual market carrier serving 20 counties in ...
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Health Care Policy Returns to Center Stage in Washington D.C.
Health Care Policy Returns to Center Stage in Washington D.C.
House and Senate members have returned from their summer recess, which started at the beginning of August and ran through ...
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Effectively Engaging Your Member of Congress
Why You Should Get Involved  The Alliance encourages its member-employers to get involved and share their perspectives with their elected ...
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health care transparency
Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency – A Lot for Employers and Consumers to Like!
On June 24, President Trump issued The Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put ...
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health law
How Will Illinois’ New Managed Care Organization Tax Affect the Health Care Landscape?
On June 5, 2019 Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed the budget into law. The budget makes an interesting change to ...
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