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Public Policy

The National Business Group on Health's public policy activities provide members with the latest information and analysis of federal legislative and regulatory developments in health care that impact employers. As the national voice of large employers, the Business Group also educates and informs policy makers about the perspectives and practices of large employers on key heath care issues.

The public policy resources available to members of the Business Group include:

  • Public Policy Alerts (describing new laws or regulations)
  • Washington Business Health Updates (bi-monthly Washington health care news)
  • Comments and Letters (written to key government agencies and officials)
  • Issue Briefs (in-depth examinations of particular health policy issues)
  • Position Statements (official positions of the Business Group on key health care issues)
  • Charts (providing summaries of compliance and policy issues)
  • Compliance Checklists (to assist in compliance with federal laws and regulations)
  • Public Policy Frequently Asked Questions
  • Public Policy Webinars
  • Others

Key Public Policy Objectives

  • Actively Promote Patient Safety and Evidence-Based Medical Practice
  • Encourage Delivery System Innovations that Enhance the Effectiveness of Health Care
  • Improve Employee Health and Productivity
  • Promote Consumer Choice and Decision-Making
  • Increase Transparency of Health Care Information
  • Reduce Health Care Costs and Increase the Affordability of Health Benefits
  • Preserve and Strengthen ERISA
  • Promote Flexibility in Health Benefits Design
  • Reduce the Cost and Complexity of Health Benefits Administration
  • Maintain Favorable Tax Treatment for Health Benefits

Public Policy Priority Issues 2017 (show details)

  • Do No Harm to the Tax Treatment of Employer-Sponsored Benefits
    • Repeal the ACA Excise (“Cadillac”) Tax
    • Maintain the Current Tax Advantages for Treatment of Employer-Sponsored Benefits
  • Ensure Regulatory Burdensome ACA Employer Provisions (Notices, Tracking of Hours, Reporting Requirements, etc.) Are Part of Repeal Efforts
  • Assure that ACA Replacement Does No Harm to Employer-Sponsored Coverage and Stabilizes Coverage for People without Access to Employer Coverage (Exchange Coverage & Medicaid Expansion)
  • Accelerate Transformative Payment and Delivery Reform
    • Move Away from Fee-for-Service (FFS) to Shared-Risk and Pay-for-Value Models (Primary Care/Medical Homes, ACOs, Bundled Payments, High-Performance Networks)
    • Support Site Neutral and Other Provider Payment Policies that Promote Efficiency
    • Support Federal/State Policies that Promote Lower Cost, Alternative Sources of Primary Care
  • Oppose Anticompetitive Provider and Supplier Consolidation
  • Enhance and Simplify Health Accounts
  • Support Sustainable Pricing for Prescription Drugs, Including Specialty Pharmaceuticals
  • Preserve and Strengthen ERISA
  • Support Comprehensive Health Care Legal Reform
  • Maintain Flexibility for Employer Leave Policies
  • Simplify Wellness Rules Requirements

David E. Scherb Executive Health Policy Fellowship Details: 2016-2017

Public Policy Frequently Asked Questions

Health Reform (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) Implementation and Communications Toolkit

Group Health Plan Federal Legal Compliance: A Resource for Members of the National Business Group on Health Locked secured document

Important State Actions Impacting Employers' Benefit Offerings and Plan Participants Access to Medical Care

Policy ACA Boot Camp
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