You can influence health policy
In November 2018 Alliance president & CEO, Cheryl DeMars testified before the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P.) Committee on health policy issues.
Laws and rules that impact health care can have a huge impact on your health benefit plan. They can change what is covered, where it is delivered, how much employees benefit from it and what it all costs.
Telling federal and state legislators how proposed changes are likely to impact your business and your employees is the best way to have an impact on health policy. Genuine stories about how proposed rules or laws will affect the people who live and work in legislators’ districts can influence what legislators and rule makers propose and how they vote, now and in the future.
The Alliance Health Policy Committee and Staff Activities Aim to:
- Help you understand the potential impact of proposed or adopted legislation and regulations at the federal and state level.
- Share your stories to support actions that help employers manage and deliver health benefits.
- Favorably influence legislation and regulations that impact employers’ ability to offer effective, affordable health benefit programs.
Our Framework for Action
The Alliance and its Health Policy Committee are guided by the health policy platform and resolutions. New or revised resolutions are presented to Alliance members for approval at the cooperative’s annual meeting.
Advocacy Strategy and Tactics
Strategy: Member Education
- Blog posts
- Social media
- Media relations
- The Alliance Digest
- American Benefits Council webinars
- Alliance Learning Circle speakers
Strategy: Public Official/Stakeholder Education and Outreach
- Advocate for greater transparency of information through participation in national and regional initiatives.
- Issue briefs.
- Calls to action for members and other stakeholders.
- Editorials and opinion pieces.
- Presentations to community groups.
- Testify at public hearings.
- Meetings with state and federal legislators.
- Join with partners in efforts to influence health benefit issues.
- Write letters and organize letter-writing campaigns for members.
- Submit comments on proposed state or federal regulations.
Your voice matters! Make sure your elected representatives understand where you stand on public policy issues that matter to The Alliance and our members.
Step 2: Contact your elected representatives on policy items that matter to you, including participating in “Calls to Action” sponsored by The Alliance and our national partners. Share the story of your company and why pending policy decisions will make it easier, or harder, for you to offer high quality affordable health care coverage for your employees and their families.
Step 3: If you have government affairs staff or contract lobbyists, consider asking them to work with us on important health care issues.
Michael Best Strategies provides 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.
The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions offers insights on current health policy issues and may comment or reach out to legislators regarding issues that impact health care purchasers. The Alliance belongs to this organization on behalf of member employers.
The American Benefits Council provides expertise and education on health policy issues. The Alliance belongs to The Council on behalf of member employers, which enables us to join in Council activities and pass along educational materials and learning opportunities.
The ERISA Industry Committee
The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) The Alliance collaborates with the ERISA Industry Committee, which primarily serves large employers, to advocate on health policy issues that impact self-funded employers.
The Alliance is working toward a future where:
- High quality, affordable health care is reliably delivered to all patients.
- People have confidence that their health plans enable them to take care of themselves and their families.
- Alliance members thrive by joining together to control the trend of health care costs.
Learn What We’ve Done
The Alliance and its employer members have:
- Contacted legislators about the need to repeal the Cadillac Tax.
- Signed on to “open letters” from organizations like the American Benefits Council to educate Congress about health policy issues. These letters are shared on our Health Policy Updates page.
- Commented on pending regulations at the state and federal level. Comments are shared on our Health Policy Updates page.
- Testified to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in 2018. In 2014, The Alliance also testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee.