Quality, Transparency & Consumerism

Updates

protected content San Francisco survey, Drug cost legislation, Surprise billing, and more!

Today we will discuss: (1) Quick survey on compliance with the San Francisco Health Care Security Ordinance, (2) ERIC and Congressional activity on prescription drug legislation, (3) Surprise billing hearing, employer letter, and legislative update… More

protected content 3rd Thurs. TOMORROW! Snap Grandfathering Poll, ICER on Rx, Surprise Billing, and More

Today we will discuss: (1) Surprise billing letter draws fire, (2) House Ds want EBSA crackdown, (3) ICER report on rebate alternatives… More

protected content MHP Report, Surprise Billing News, Cadillac Tax Letter, Dialysis Reimagined, and More!

We have a number of updates for you related to ongoing projects, and a lot is going on this week in DC. For instance, there are three different hearings on Capitol Hill related to prescription drug costs, including two in the Senate Aging Committee… More

protected content Surprise Billing, Rx Update, Wilderness Therapy, Retiree Health and CBAs

Yesterday, ERIC submitted our official response letter to the Senate working group on surprise medical billing… More

ERIC Provides Guidance on Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

Today, ERIC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate addressing the surprise medical billing crisis. ERIC is committed to working toward proactive solutions to protect patients from unconscionable bills, while preventing efforts to entrench damaging and anticompetitive behavior by select, problematic parts of the health industry, and ensuring that unfair and unnecessary costs are not simply socialized in the form of higher premium costs for everyone … More

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ERIC Surveys

protected content Survey on Balance Billing

ERIC surveyed members to learn where they stand on balance billing proposals, and whether they might support turning the tables and instead placing requirements on the providers who are sending these balance bills to patients… More

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Legislative Documents

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

Senate Finance Committee Seeking Ideas to Improve Health Care Transparency

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) and former Chairman and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) released a letter urging all stakeholders to submit to the committee ideas that will enhance the availability and utility of health care data, while maintaining and protecting patient privacy. … More

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Letters to Congress

ERIC Provides Guidance on Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

Today, ERIC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate addressing the surprise medical billing crisis. ERIC is committed to working toward proactive solutions to protect patients from unconscionable bills, while preventing efforts to entrench damaging and anticompetitive behavior by select, problematic parts of the health industry, and ensuring that unfair and unnecessary costs are not simply socialized in the form of higher premium costs for everyone … More

ERIC Victory: President Signs Bill Banning Pharmacy Gag Clauses

ERIC applauds lawmakers and the Administration for coming together and banning so-called “gag clauses” in group health plans and individual market health insurance plans… More

ERIC Works to Make Prescription Drug Costs More Transparent

ERIC sent a letter to the U.S. Senate urging lawmakers to support S. 2554, the “Patient Right to Know Drug Prices Act.” The bill would ban so-called “gag clauses” in group health plans and individual market health insurance plans. These clauses prevent pharmacists from informing a patient that filling a prescription might be cheaper if the patient pays cash, rather than the negotiated copay under their insurance coverage… More

protected content HHS Nominee Hearing Coming, End-of-Year Health Care Legislation, HSA Action, and More

On November 29 at 9:30am, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on Alex Azar’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee hearing is a “courtesy hearing”—it will not be a vote on Azar’s nomination (the Senate Finance Committee is the one that will have to report Azar out to the Senate floor). Azar’s nomination to fill the vacancy left by Secretary Tom Price was announced on November 13 by President Trump… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Victory: President Signs Bill Banning Pharmacy Gag Clauses

ERIC applauds lawmakers and the Administration for coming together and banning so-called “gag clauses” in group health plans and individual market health insurance plans… More

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