Updates – health

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ERIC Supports North Dakota Telemedicine Bill

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you consider the proposed legislation, Senate Bill 2094, regarding telemedicine… 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 Breakdown of ERIC Health Care Cost Roadmap Letter, Major PBM Mandates Point-of-Sale Rebates, and Mor

It’s another big week for health care in D.C., as we have the rollout of the President’s (mostly dead-on-arrival) budget proposal, more volleys in the prescription drug costs debate, and more… More

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

protected content Alert: Oklahoma Bills would Impact Pharmacy Benefit Plans

Two bills on the move in Oklahoma, Senate Bill 841 and House Bill 2632, would have a big impact on pharmacy benefit plans in the state… More

protected content ERIC Works with U.S. Senate on Solutions to Reduce Health Care Costs

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative, regulatory, or subregulatory solutions for reducing health care costs… More

ERIC CEO Testifies Before Arkansas Lawmakers on Telemedicine Bill

Annette Guarisco Fildes, President and CEO of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), today testified before the Arkansas House Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor in support of House Bill 1220, legislation to expand access to telemedicine… More

protected content Rx Rebate Alert – GOP Senator Introduces Bill to End Private Sector PBM Rebates

Just a quick heads up – last night, this draft legislation began circulating, courtesy of Senator Mike Braun (R-IN). Dubbed the “Drug Price Transparency Act,” this bill would do the following… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Maine Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Maine House Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Financial Services regarding Legislative Document 659, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… 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

Alert: ERIC Submits Comments on Arkansas Biosimilar Bill

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Arkansas House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on House Bill 1269, which would allow pharmacists to make biosimilar substitutions… More

protected content Alert: Vermont Minimum Wage Bill Connected to Employer’s Health Care Spend

Vermont State Representative Anne Donahue introduced House Bill 434, which would amend Vermont’s minimum wage law to include a calculation for the amount spent by an employer on employees’ health insurance… More

protected content Rx CEOs Grilled on the Hill – Rx Feedback Needed; Last Call on Caddy Tax Letter

One of ERIC’s top priorities in the 116th Congress is moving forward with repeal of the ACA’s 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance. As part of our efforts on this, we are working towards 290 cosponsors on H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which could potentially force Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) to bring the bill up for a vote on the House floor… More

protected content Alert: Telehealth Updates in Washington, Georgia, and Florida

As we’ve discussed, payment parity for telemedicine services is the issue de jour this legislative session, and we wanted to provide you with a brief rundown of some of this month’s activity related to it. The following is a synopsis of telemedicine bills in Washington, Georgia, and Florida.… 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

protected content Surprise billing, Commonwealth Fund on underinsurance, Rx cost latest, and more!

Yesterday, a huge number of doctor groups came out with a joint document laying out their policy principles for surprise billing legislation… More

protected content Rx rebate mayhem, Amicus filed in 5th Circuit, New caddy data, and more!

Yesterday, the Administration announced its proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs “by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets” … More

protected content Alert: ERIC Submits Testimony on Washington Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

Today, ERIC submitted written testimony on Washington Senate Bill 5385, which would require that telemedicine services be reimbursed at the same rate as in-person services… More

ERIC Submits Testimony on Washington State Telemedicine Payment Parity Bill

Today, ERIC submitted testimony to the Washington state Senate Health & Long Term Care Committee regarding opportunities to expand and improve the delivery of health care through telemedicine in Washington… More

protected content Event invite, PCORI – Member feedback needed, Rx hearings, and More!

On Tuesday, February 12 at noon, ERIC is hosting an event with the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs, in which a panel of experts will discuss some of the current goings-on on the Hill, some of the proposals being floated, etc… More

protected content Alert: Washington Proposes Assessment on Employers

In the Washington State Legislature, House Bill 1518 has been introduced that would place an assessment on employers with employees on the state’s medical assistance program… More

ERIC Comments on Modernizing Part D & Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices & Reduce Costs

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the Proposed Rule on “Modernizing Part D and Medicare Advantage to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out of Pocket Expenses"… More

protected content Alert: Employer Assessment Proposed in Illinois while Massachusetts Considers Repeal

In Illinois, State Representative Gregory Harris (D) has introduced House Bill 272, which would establish the Health Insurer Claims Assessment Act… More

ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota’s Reinsurance Program

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you explore ways to stabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

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