Quality, Transparency & Consumerism

Updates

61 Organizations Join Together to Reduce Health Care Costs

Sixty-one business organizations sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to take swift action to help patients, employers, and taxpayers by promptly voting to pass legislation… More

protected content 3rd Thurs Call TODAY, Caddy Win, HSA Win, Surprise Billing Setback, and More!

Article by James Gelfand, Senior Vice President of Health Policy This update is long overdue, but we’ve been busy fighting for… More

Arbitration Option is Not the Answer to Ending Surprise Medical Bills

As a result of including government-mandated baseball-style arbitration in this legislation, ERIC can no longer support the No Surprises Act… More

The Lower Health Care Costs Act Works

The Congressional Budget Office’s score of the Lower Health Care Costs Act proves that the bill works… More

protected content Health care Executive Order, Senate HELP markup, and more

ERIC has been pounding the pavement on Capitol Hill on your behalf. Perhaps most importantly, today the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the Lower Health Care Costs Act, but earlier this week President Trump also issued a new Executive Order on health care, and there are other big things happening too… 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 Agencies

protected content Coalition Letter Submitted to on Massachusetts EMAC; Win in the House

As we’ve alerted you to previously, the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, but there is some concern that it may be extended… More

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Letters to Congress

40 Business Groups Send Senate HELP Committee Letter on Surprise Billing

ERIC, along with 39 other organizations,sent a letter to the U.S.Senate HELP Committee regarding its draft legislation, the “Lower Health Care Costs Act.” … More

ERIC Provides Guidance to Hill Staff on Surprise Medical Billing

ERIC is heavily engaged with congressional staff on developing proactive solutions to protect our employees, retirees, and their families, ensure that their benefits provide them with access to high quality health care, and eliminate the financial woes caused by defects in the current system… 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

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

61 Organizations Join Together to Reduce Health Care Costs

Sixty-one business organizations sent a letter to members of Congress urging them to take swift action to help patients, employers, and taxpayers by promptly voting to pass legislation… More

Arbitration Option is Not the Answer to Ending Surprise Medical Bills

As a result of including government-mandated baseball-style arbitration in this legislation, ERIC can no longer support the No Surprises Act… More

The Lower Health Care Costs Act Works

The Congressional Budget Office’s score of the Lower Health Care Costs Act proves that the bill works… More

ERIC Testifies About the Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

ERIC today testified before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing titled “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… 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

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Testimony

ERIC Testifies About the Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

ERIC today testified before the Subcommittee on Health of the Committee on Energy and Commerce at a hearing titled “No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

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