Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP

Updates

protected content California ESRD regulation, House committee to take up “gag clause” bill

Last night, the California Assembly (their lower legislative chamber) passed a piece of legislation that we have been watching closely – which mirrors efforts ERIC has been engaged in on the federal level. Here’s a rundown of what you’ll care about in the bill, SB 1156… More

ERIC Applauds Inclusion of CHRONIC Care Act in Continuing Resolution

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including the CHRONIC Care Act in the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will expand the use of telehealth for treating and diagnosing strokes and make it easier for enrollees to pay for telehealth services… More

protected content Wellness, HHS Update, More Retiree Health Drama, and More!

I hope you have all had a good week, and are getting ready to head into the weekend! We have a couple items to share, including results from our latest informal survey… More

protected content Alert: Oregon Voters Say “Yes” to Measure 101 – Self-Insured Plans Exempt

On November 23, Oregonians voted in favor of a ballot initiative that keeps in place a temporary assessment on some insurers and hospitals to pay for the state’s Medicaid program… More

protected content Survey Results, Final Medicare Comments, FDA News, and More

Today we will discuss: 1) Objector survey results, 2) Two upcoming ERIC calls/webinars, 3) Final ERIC comments to CMS, 4) New developments on Cadillac tax and HIT, 5) FDA’s 2018 plans, 6) Update on Azar nomination… More

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Legislative Documents

protected content House Passes Doc Fix with a Hefty Bipartisan Vote; Next Stop: the Senate

Today the full House voted to pass the “doc fix”, a bill to reform fairly significantly the method by which doctors are paid under Medicare. The bipartisan vote was 392 – 37… More

protected content House and Senate Republicans Release Budget Proposals for FY 2016

This week both the House and Senate released narratives outlining the key elements of their respective budget proposals. The following is a brief description of what each budget proposal recommends with respect to health issues. … More

protected content What to Do with the ACA?  Review of Republican Alternative

Three Congressional Republicans, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chair of the Senate Finance Committee, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), and Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, on February 5 released a narrative of their ideas for an alternative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). … More

protected content Review of Health Provisions Included in President Obama’s FY 2016 Budget

Today the president released his proposed budget ideas for Fiscal Year 2016, which starts this coming October 1. From my vantage point … More

protected content Analysis of Health-Related Proposals in Obama Administration’s FY 2014 Budget

As promised, President Obama formally released his budget yesterday for Fiscal Year 2014 (which starts October 1, 2013 and runs through September 30, 2014.) Although the really earth-shaking developments are mostly on the retirement side, there were nonetheless some interesting developments on the health front … More

Key Health Care Reform Legislative Documents (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872)

The House and Senate on March 25, 2010, approved the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), the "sidecar" reconciliation… More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Submits Comments on Proposed Changes to Medicare Prescription Drug Program

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on proposed changes to the Medicare prescription drug program… More

ERIC Urges CMS to Eliminate Proposed cut to Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage

ERIC joined the Coalition to Save Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage to urge the CMS to eliminate the proposed cut to MA Retiree Coverage in the CMS 2017 Final Notice set to be released on April 4th. This Coalition sent a letter opposing the cuts to CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt on March 22 … More

ERIC Expresses Concern over Proposed Changes to Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates

ERIC, along with several other business trade organizations, on March 6 wrote to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner expressing concern with the Advance Notice of Methodological Changes for Calendar Year 2015 for Medicare Advantage (MA) Capitation Rates … More

ERIC Urges CMS to Reconsider Restrictive Requirements on Part D Automatic Prescription Refills

ERIC, along with several other employer business groups, on June 11 wrote to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging the agency to reconsider unnecessarily restrictive requirements on automatic prescription refill programs under Medicare Part D. … More

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Letters to Congress

ERIC and Over 400 Organizations Express Opposition to House Health Care Reform Bill

ERIC and over 400 other companies and organizations on November 4 wrote to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader John… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Applauds Inclusion of CHRONIC Care Act in Continuing Resolution

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for including the CHRONIC Care Act in the Continuing Resolution (CR), which will expand the use of telehealth for treating and diagnosing strokes and make it easier for enrollees to pay for telehealth services… More

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

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Testimony

Medicare Advantage Can be Improved by Adopting Value-Based Health Plan Designs

The DRIVE Health Initiative submitted testimony today before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Health Subcommittee detailing how Medicare Advantage plans could benefit by adopting value-based health plans designs… More

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