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

  • First Responder Immunity Act Final

    Section 1. (1)  In this section: (a)  “Department” means [insert agency responsible for EMS in the state]. (b)  “Fire fighter” means any person employed by the state or any political subdivision as a member or officer of a fire department or a member of a volunteer fire department. (c)  “Law …

  • Suicide Prevention in Higher Education Resolution Final

    WHEREAS, Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students; WHEREAS, The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s research strategy for reducing national suicide rates by demonstrated suicide prevention programs can reduce college suicide rates on campus by forty percent. Be it therefore RESOLVED that the …

  • Patients First Medicaid Reform Act Final

    Section 1. Title.  This Act may be cited as the “Patients First Medicaid Reform Act.” Section 2. Definitions. (A)  “Medicaid Savings Account,” or “MSA,” is an account funded by the {insert state Medicaid agency} which can be used for medical expenses and qualifying non-medical expenses as approved …

  • Unintended Consequences Prevention Act Final

    Section 1. Findings.  The legislature finds that: (A)  {Insert state}’s health care system has been developed to address the unique circumstances in {insert state} and to provide solutions that work for {insert state}; and (B)  The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: (1)  Infringes …

  • Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act Final

    Section 1. Title.  This Act shall be known as the “Optional Medicaid Benefits Evaluation Act.” Section 2. Definitions. (A)  “Medicaid” is the federal Title XIX Medical Assistance program administered by states and funded in part by the federal government. (B)  “Independent third party” is a public or private entity or …

  • Health Freedom Compact Act Final

    Findings and Declaration of Policy (A)  Unites States Code Section 112 gives Congressional consent “to any two or more states to enter into agreements or compacts for cooperative effort and mutual assistance in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of their respective criminal laws and policies, …

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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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