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  • Incentivize Prescription Drug Policy by Encouraging Market Competition image

    Incentivize Prescription Drug Policy by Encouraging Market Competition

    The controversial and publicly scrutinized issue of prescription drug pricing is at the center of the debate about the high cost of healthcare in the U.S. and as a result, …

  • 21st Century Cures: Deregulation and reinvestment will modernize healthcare in the U.S. image

    21st Century Cures: Deregulation and reinvestment will modernize healthcare in the U.S.

    Following three years of bipartisan compromise, President Obama has signed landmark legislation, the 21st Century Cures Act, into law. In contrast with the legislative process that brought Americans the Affordable Care …

  • How States Can Shape Obamacare’s Replacement image

    How States Can Shape Obamacare’s Replacement

    As Republicans prepare to hammer out the details of a replacement for Obamacare, governors and state insurance commissioners are asking for a seat at the table. Under the Affordable Care …

  • Apple’s Newest Acquisition Will Put Your Medical Records at Your Fingertips image

    Apple’s Newest Acquisition Will Put Your Medical Records at Your Fingertips

    Imagine having a medical emergency while you are on vacation, far from home and far from your usual healthcare service providers. You have a history of diabetes, cancer, hypertension, or …

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    Maryland’s Experiment with Global Budget Revenue

    In 2014, Maryland phased out a Medicare fee-for-service payment system in favor of a Global Budget Revenue system. In the other forty-nine states, hospitals are paid using fee-for-service, which results …

  • DC District Court: Obamacare Subsidies ‘Unappropriated’ image

    DC District Court: Obamacare Subsidies ‘Unappropriated’

    The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) applauds today’s U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia civil action ruling the Obama administration has been improperly funding cost-sharing subsidies for up to 57 percent of people who have signed up for health coverage on Healthcare.gov.

  • Digital Health Continues to Transform Healthcare image

    Digital Health Continues to Transform Healthcare

    Through an improved and more efficient use of technology, digital health products have the capacity to help individuals be more engaged in monitoring their personal health, and will hopefully enable better communication so patients can help both themselves and doctors improve the healthcare they receive.

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    New Technologies Can Help States Fight Opioid Abuse

    The Ohio Legislature is also currently considering such a measure. If passing these bills is successful, physicians will gain greater authority to prescribe what they see as the best treatment for the individual, specifically those who are at higher-risk for drug abuse than other patients.

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    Freestanding Emergency Centers

    Freestanding emergency centers (FECs) could transform emergency healthcare services in the United States. Due to overcrowded waiting rooms, long wait times, inefficient processes and below-average customer service, emergency room visits …

  • Fighting Opioid Abuse Takes All of Us image

    Fighting Opioid Abuse Takes All of Us

      Today, more people are dying of drug overdoses than car accidents. And you, our local officials, are seeing the statistic become reality in your communities and states. But where …

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    President Obama’s Regulatory Reform

    In the President’s world paradigm, growing the U.S. economy comes from investing in public programs, while the private sector engages in “loopholes” intending to “game the system” that in reality were perfectly legal actions in a tax system that is in desperate need of reform.

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    Healthcare Cost Transparency

    In the discussion on prescription drug pricing, the topic of transparency has been gaining traction in both state legislatures and in the media as the primary cause for the high …

  • ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures image

    ALEC Principles Shine Light on Government Failures

    Sunshine Week, running from March 13 to 19, aims to promote transparency in government, which is a fundamental component of the ALEC principles of limited government, free markets and federalism. The private sector can offer superior alternatives to failing public schools, overly complex healthcare services and expensive infrastructure projects. When government services are transferred to the free market, private companies deliver high-quality public services at far less cost to the taxpayer.

  • Dr. Merson and Jen Campisano chat with ALEC in Scottsdale image

    Dr. Merson and Jen Campisano chat with ALEC in Scottsdale

    Dr. James Merson and cancer survivor Jen Campisano talked vital innovation at the 2015 ALEC States and Nation Policy Summit in Scottsdale, Arizona. At age 32 – just five months …

  • CMS ‘Reinsurance’ Program Deceives U.S. Treasury Department, Taxpayers image

    CMS ‘Reinsurance’ Program Deceives U.S. Treasury Department, Taxpayers

    The list of failures, misrepresentations and falsities surrounding the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is almost unending. First there was the assurance that under the ACA if Americans …

  • Medical Innovation and the Business of Cures image

    Medical Innovation and the Business of Cures

    By bringing cures that will eradicate diseases such as Hepatitis C to market, people are healthier, which leads to less doctor visits, reduces costly hospital stays, and helps patients avoid expensive surgeries such as liver transplants.

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    The Zika Threat

    While only 20 percent of those infected will experience symptoms from the Zika virus, there are serious consequences from contracting this infection for pregnant mothers and unborn children. It is known to cause birth defects, including microcephaly, which causes small heads and brain damage in infants.

  • New Report Offers Ways for State Legislators to Expand Access to Prescription Opioids while Fighting Opioid Abuse image

    New Report Offers Ways for State Legislators to Expand Access to Prescription Opioids while Fighting Opioid Abuse

    Abuse-deterrent opioids may reduce long-term healthcare costs, according to a new paper released today by the American Legislative Exchange Council. The paper, “Optimizing the Abuse-deterrent Opioids Market,” written …

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    Obamacare FAIL

    The Obama Administration would have you believe repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a political and legislative long shot, as was demonstrated by the president exercising his veto power …

  • Congress Trades Obamacare for $516 Billion in Tax Savings image

    Congress Trades Obamacare for $516 Billion in Tax Savings

    The report, which was jointly reviewed by the CBO and staff from the Joint (Congressional) Committee on Taxation, considered the estimated cost of repealing Obamacare would have on both federal revenue and deficit spending, as well as parts of the U.S. economy if put into effect beginning 2018 through 2026. This is the first time a measure for repeal of the ACA will reach the President’s desk since being signed into law March 23, 2010.