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

  • Resolution Supporting Efforts of Telehealth Working Group Final

    WHEREAS, the cost of healthcare has grown an average of 2.4 percent faster than GDP since 1970 and currently represents 18 percent of the United States’ total GDP; and WHEREAS, the lack of access to health care in rural areas is contributing significantly to these increasing costs; and WHEREAS,  21 …

  • Federal and State Funded Health Care Financing Programs Overview Committee Act Final

    Federal and State Funded Health Care Financing Programs Overview Committee Act Summary Establishes the Federal and State Funded Health Care Financing Programs Overview Committee, charged with reviewing state health agencies and ensuring they adequately fulfill statutory requirements. Model Policy Section 1. Title. This Act shall …

  • Patient Access Expansion Act Final

    Patient Access Expansion Act Summary This act prohibits the state from requiring any form of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ proprietary Maintenance of Licensure program, including any Maintenance of Licensure program tied to Maintenance of Certification, as a condition of medical licensure, and additionally prohibits the …

  • Resolution on Certificate of Need (CON) Laws Required for the Establishment of Certain Health Care Services Final

    WHEREAS, Certificate of Need (CON) laws and similar programs are prominent government-imposed barriers to entry into the health care market that force health care firms to fulfill various over-burdensome requirements to obtain state permission to provide certain services; and WHEREAS, Government-imposed barriers to entry into the health care market thwart …

  • Exchange Transparency Act Final

    Exchange Transparency Act Summary Requires health plans offered through a state-based health exchange to provide specific information in order for consumers to draw meaningful comparisons between plans. Model Policy Section 1. Title. This Act shall be known as the “Exchange Transparency Act.” Section 2. Form …

  • Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act Final

    Model Policy Section 1. {Title} This act may be known as the Private Attorney Retention Sunshine Act Section 2. {Definitions} (A) For the purposes of this Act, a contract in excess of $1,000,000 is one in which the fee paid to an attorney or group of …

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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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