Policy Alerts

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.

The Business Group issues Public Policy Alerts when Congress or the states pass new or major laws, agencies finalize regulations, or the Supreme Court or Federal Appellate Courts issue rulings that significantly affect employers’ health benefits or health care programs. These Alerts describe the key details of the government action, how it may impact employers, and include background information and links to available resources.

Given the level of interest and uncertainty surrounding the actions of the Trump Administration, the Business Group issues Washington Alerts, as developments warrant, to help keep members informed about major new developments that could affect employer-sponsored health benefits and health care delivery.

October 8, 2019
Business Group comments to CMS on its recent price transparency proposal.
While we support efforts to increase price transparency, requirements for making private-payor negotiated charges available may not be the best source of pricing data for consumers. Moreover, publicly disclosing competitively negotiated, proprietary rates may reduce competition and push prices higher ? not lower ? for consumers, patients, and taxpayers.
July 8, 2019
Connecticut Enacts Paid Family & Medical Leave Law, Beginning 2021
Connecticut's new Family and Medical Leave Insurance Program is the most generous state paid family and medical leave program in the country to date.
June 3, 2019
Maine Enacts Paid Leave Law, Effective 1/1/2021
Maine's governor signed into law An Act Authorizing Earned Employee Leave, which makes Maine the first state to require employers to provide paid leave for any reason.
May 29, 2019
IRS Increases HSA/HDHP Amounts for Inflation for 2020
The IRS Issued Inflation-Adjusted HSA/HDHP Amounts for 2020.
February 13, 2019
Public Policy Alert: New ACA Coverage Requirement: Interventions to Prevent Perinatal Depression
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force issued a new recommendation that that clinicians provide or refer pregnant and postpartum persons who are at increased risk of perinatal depression to counseling interventions. Non-grandfathered group health plans must cover this service, without cost-sharing, effective for plan years beginning on or after February 28, 2020 (January 1, 2021 for calendar year plans).

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