Key Points
  • Encourage genuine market-based and consumer-oriented health insurance reforms, which simultaneously would control costs, improve quality, and expand access to health care for all Americans through free enterprise.
  • Work to allow state spending to reflect the unique needs of each state and local jurisdiction, and set eligibility standards that reflect state priorities.
  • Regulators and elected officials work to encourage health care sharing ministries to provide health care cost sharing arrangements among persons of similar and sincerely held religious beliefs, administered by not-for-profit religious organizations.
  • Work to encourage furthering an environment that facilitates high quality, low cost healthcare that allows individuals choice, and control over their healthcare needs and expenses.

There has never been a time when both federal and state jurisdictions have been more in control of American’s healthcare than it is today. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act is well in motion, and each state has considered how to address provisions of the federal law as it has been mandated to take effect. At ALEC, we are constantly in search of ways to encourage greater choice, transparency and budget-predictability in our healthcare system. The Health and Human Services (HHS) Task Force seeks Model Policy that will allow decisions about individuals’ health care in the hands of doctors and patients, not government agencies or third party payers.

There is also incredible opportunity to modernize our healthcare system by encouraging greater innovation to providers by way of digital health and health information technology. As we go forward, HHS Task Force objective will work to break down barriers to innovation in our regulatory and legislative environment, allowing cutting edge products and services brought about by investment in science and technology into our models of care. With this, private enterprise will play an even bigger role in how we monitor and access care, whether it is remotely over broadband, in person, or through a digital application. Below are key initiatives we are in pursuit of. Please join us in this discussion; it is a great time to be at ALEC.

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Model Policies

  • SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. Short Title.  This Act shall be known as the “SCHIP Anti-Crowd-Out Act.” Section 2. Requirement Regarding Employer-Sponsored Coverage. (A)  Subject to this Section, no payment may be made under the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) with respect to an individual who is eligible for coverage under a …

  • Resolution in Support of Oral Health Curriculum Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, oral health is distinct from other aspects of health care in that oral health predominantly relates to two diseases—caries and periodontal disease—both of which are largely preventable; and WHEREAS, unlike in medicine, emergency room visits for oral health should be entirely avoidable; and WHEREAS, an analysis of emergency room visits in …

  • Medicaid Block Grant Act Sunset Review

     Medicaid Block Grant Act Summary This Act relates to reforms designed to support state Medicaid programs, including requesting federal authorization to fund the state Medicaid program through a block grant or similar funding; establishes eligibility requirements, sliding scale subsidies, provisions for HSAs, a Medicaid reform task force, …

  • Cancer Drug Donation Program Act Sunset Review

    Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Cancer Drug Donation Program Act.” Section 2. Definitions.  For purposes of the Cancer Drug Donation Program Act, the following definitions apply: (A) “Cancer drug” means a prescription drug used to treat cancer or its side effects or …

  • Resolution on Medicaid Funding Through a Federal Block Grant Sunset Review

    WHEREAS, Total U.S. Medicaid spending in 2006 exceeded $303 billion; and WHEREAS, The share of federal Medicaid funding provided to the states is determined by a state-by-state matching percentage, and the actual amount of federal funding sent to the states is determined by how much the states spend in order …

  • Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act Sunset Review

    Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act Summary Prohibits the expansion of Medicaid eligibility through an increase in the income threshold without prior legislative approval. Model Policy Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “Requiring Legislative Approval for Medicaid Expansion Act.” Section 2.

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Task Forces

Health and Human Services

There is no sector of our economy where the hand of government is more evident than in health care. Half …

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