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

  • Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act Final

    Health Care Sharing Ministries Freedom To Share Act Summary 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 as ministries …

  • Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Act Final

    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 Final

    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 Final

    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 …

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

    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 …

  • 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 …

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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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