Health Policy: How We’re Creating Impact
Just as The Alliance helps employers achieve High-Value Health Care, we advocate for health care policy that benefits employers and their employees and families.
We work closely with state and federal legislators, providing the education and insights they need to make well-informed decisions about health care topics that matter to businesses. Additionally, we keep our employers up-to-date on health policy trends that affect their business.
The Alliance Health Policy Committee
The Alliance's Commitment to Promoting Effective Advocacy and Positive Change
- We help you understand the potential impact of health legislation on your business.
- We share your stories with legislators to encourage health policy decisions that will benefit you.
- We ask legislators to consider regulations that enhance your ability to offer high-value health care to your employees and their families.
Advocacy Strategy and Tactics
We keep our employers up-to-date on health policy that affects them using social media, blogs, webinars, newsletters, Events by The Alliance, partner events, and media relations.
Public Official Education and Outreach
We involve employers and other stakeholders in sharing unique insight and perspective with public officials by contacting officials directly, sharing issue briefs, writing editorials and opinion pieces, and presenting to community groups.
We meet with state and federal legislators, testify at public hearings, submit comments on proposed regulations, and write letters or organize letter-writing campaigns for our employers.
We partner with other coalitions and organizations to leverage a stronger voice with lawmakers, stay informed with timely insights and political opportunities, and collaborate with other self-funded employers and groups. This enables us to share those insights with our members in the form of educational opportunities and events.
The American Benefits Council provides expertise and education on health policy issues. The Alliance belongs to The Council on behalf of employer-members, which enables us to join in Council activities and pass along educational materials and learning opportunities.
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 employer-members.
The Self-Insurance Institute of America, Inc. (SIIA) is a member-based association dedicated to protecting and promoting the business interests of companies involved in the self-insurance and captive insurance industry. The Alliance belongs to this organization on behalf of employer-members and passes along information that may be important to their companies.
What We've Been Doing
- Signed onto a letter petitioning the federal government to protect patients from surprise bills by supporting the Qualifying Payment Amount in the No Surprises Act in 2022.
- Submitted a letter to the Dept.'s of Labor, Treasury, and Health & Human Services outlining our support for a Qualified Payment Amount in 2021.
- Joined 63 other organizations to urge Congress to maintain vital consumer protections in the No Surprises Act in 2021 and 2022.
- Signed on to the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions’ letter asking legislators to protect health care consumers from surprise medical bills in 2021.
- Submitted joint comments with Common Ground to CMS illustrating the importance of real price transparency in health care pricing in 2021.
- Brought our members to speak in front of Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers’ drug task force to reduce prescription drug prices in 2020.
- In August 2019, we urged the House and Senate to provide accessible, affordable coverage for Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic while mitigating insurance risk and protecting patients from price-gouging. We did it again in December 2020.
- Contacted legislators about the need to repeal the Cadillac Tax.
- Signed on to “open letters” from organizations like the American Benefits Council and The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasers Coalitions to educate Congress about health policy issues.
- Commented on pending regulations at the state and federal level.
- Testified to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee In 2014.
- Testified to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee in 2018.
- Urged lawmakers to support the Lower Health Care Costs Act in 2019.
- Supported The Leapfrog Group’s letter on proposed CMS rules and regulations asking for transparency in Public Reporting.
- Signed on to ERISA’s letter to the Senate objecting surprise medical billing.
Find out who your legislators are, learn how to talk to them about laws affecting your business, and connect with other members of The Health Policy Committee!
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