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.

Publications

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Model Policies

  • Health Care Compact Act Sunset Review

    Health Care Compact Act Model Legislation {Insert state} enacts the Interstate Health Care Compact and enters into the compact with all other states legally joining in the compact in substantially the following form: WHEREAS, The separation of powers, both between the branches of the federal government and between federal …

  • Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Act Sunset Review

    Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Act Summary The purpose of this Act is to implement a coordinated, capitated long-term care program for Medicaid beneficiaries who are chronically ill or have disabilities and who need health and long-term care services and supports, such as home care or …

  • Health Care Price Disclosure Act Sunset Review

    Health Care Price Disclosure Act Summary This Act requires health care professionals to make available the “direct pay” price for at least the 25 most common services or procedures; the Act also requires health care facilities to make available the “direct pay” price for (if applicable) at least the …

  • Patient’s Right To Know Act Sunset Review

    Patient’s Right To Know Act Model Legislation Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Patient’s Right to Know Act.” Section 2. Purpose. The purpose of this legislation is to provide health care consumers with better information on the cost of their medical care and to introduce …

  • Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act Sunset Review

    Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act Findings And Purpose Participants of health care sharing ministries financially assist fellow participants with large medical expenses with a result usually provided by health insurance.  Due to their voluntary and ministerial nature, these ministries should be recognized in the insurance code …

  • Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Sunset Review

    Resolution Supporting the Repeal of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) Summary and Background On March 22, 2012, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, by a 223-181 vote.  This bill repeals the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) established in the …

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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 …

Press Releases

  • New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Dental Industry image

    New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Dental Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Taylor McCarty [email protected] 571-482-5023 Arlington, VA (February 28, 2017) – Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), …

  • New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry image

    New Report Highlights Detriments of Overregulated Pharmaceutical Industry

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Ashley Pratte [email protected]   Arlington, VA (January 11, 2017) – Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the cost of prescription drugs have …

  • New Report Offers Ways to Fight Prescription Opioid Abuse image

    New Report Offers Ways to Fight Prescription Opioid Abuse

    Written by Dr. Wayne Winegarden, the new report explores the benefits of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADFs) of prescription opioids and offers lawmakers recommendations on how to expand patient access to the new technologies when addressing addiction issues in their states. In 2008, the record of abuse and misuse of prescription opioids has accounted for an estimated $55.7 million in healthcare, workplace and criminal justice costs.

  • ALEC Amicus Brief: ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate Fails to Account for State Interests and Displaces State Policy Choices image

    ALEC Amicus Brief: ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate Fails to Account for State Interests and Displaces State Policy Choices

    Contact: Kaitlyn Buss Phone: 202-742-8526 Email: [email protected] ALEC Amicus Brief: ObamaCare’s Individual Mandate Fails to Account for State Interests and Displaces State Policy Choices Washington, D.C.

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