Updates – health

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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

ERIC Urges Congress to Repeal the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC sent a letter to Congress urging members to pass H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which would eliminate the Cadillac tax… 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

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

protected content E&C Committee Hearing on Surprise Billing – ERIC to Testify and Coalition Letter on Caddy Repeal

Tomorrow, I will be testifying before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce at its hearing, No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills… More

protected content ERIC Comments on Surprise Billing, HELP Draft, Update on Rx Costs

The primary purpose of this update is to share two letters with you – one is a sign-on from employer trades on surprise medical billing. The other is a more in-depth letter to the Senate HELP Committee on their big health care bill… More

ERIC Comments on Senate HELP Health Care Cost Legislation

ERIC sent comment to the U.S.Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on the “Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019,” legislation.… More

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

protected content HELP Releases Major Bill, ERIC Comments on E&C Surprise Billing Draft, and More

Today we will discuss: (1) HELP bill on health care costs, (2) ERIC surprise billing comments, (3) 1557 proposed bill, (4) Proposals on disclosure of negotiated rates, (5) Wellness update… More

protected content 3rd Thursday Call TOMORROW, Surprise Billing, Cost Containment, Cadillac Tax, and More!

First – we will have our 3rd Thursday monthly health care strategy call TOMORROW, Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. (ET)… 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

protected content Caddy, Surprise Billing, Rx Affordability Proposal

Today we will discuss: (1) Cadillac tax update, (2) House E&C Committee releases surprise billing legislative draft, (3) Senators introduce bill mandating coinsurance be based on net price, (4) FDA finalizes interchangeability guidance, (5) 43 states sue generic manufacturers for price fixing, (6) CAHC releases Rx affordability proposal… More

protected content Surprise Billing, Caddy Tax, EEOC, Rx Bills

We have a few brief updates for you this week related to (1) White House Surprise Billing Event; (2) House Votes on Two Drug Pricing Bills; and (3) Janet Dhillon is Confirmed as EEOC Commissioner… More

Employer Community Applauds Efforts to Address ‘Surprise Billing’ Crisis

ERIC and other employer groups issued a joint statement today, praising the White House and Congress for their commitment to solving the problem of “surprise” health care billing… More

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

protected content ERIC Victory! Oklahoma Pharmacy Benefit Bill Vetoed

Yesterday, ERIC earned a big win in Oklahoma when Senate Bill 841 was vetoed by Governor Stitt… More

protected content Surprise Billing FAQ, Rx Bill Scores, PBM P&T Committees

I have a brief update for you today on: (1) Surprise Billing, (2) Rx Pricing Bills Pass through Judiciary Committee, and (3) Public Scrutiny of PBM Advisory Committees’ Role in Rx Pricing… More

Alert - Louisiana Bill Enabling State Regulation of PBMs

ERIC is urging the Louisiana Senate against regulating self-insured health plans. Together with the Louisiana Business Group on Health, we are warning the Senate that Louisiana Senate Bill 41, which relates to the regulation of pharmacy benefit managers, treads on federal territory protected by ERISA… 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

protected content HDHPs under scrutiny, SF survey results, Rx updates, and more!

Today we will discuss: (1) Cadillac tax update, (2) HDHPs in the crosshairs, (3) ERIC survey results on San Francisco pay-or-play, (4) More settlements on pharma charity schemes, (5) FTC goes after e-prescribing monopoly… More

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

ERIC Supports Passage of the STAR ACT

ERIC sent a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee stating our support for H.R. 2113, the “Prescription Drug Sunshine, Transparency, Accountability and Reporting Act… More

protected content Alert: Oregon Proposes Employer Health Care Responsibility Assessment

In Oregon, House Bill 2269 has been amended to include a component of Governor Brown’s proposed Medicaid funding package: an employer health care responsibility assessment… More

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