The national debate on healthcare is partly grounded in how to, and who should, pay for it. While stakeholders agree that everyone deserves access to affordable, quality health coverage, there is less consensus on which pathway forward will achieve that goal.

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Raising Our Voice to Lower Healthcare Costs
Healthcare In Transition | Aug. 14, 2019 | Access to Care, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Payment reform, Surprise Medical Billing

August 15, 2019 The Council joined over 60 other employer groups on a letter to all Members of Congress urging them to pass the Lower Health Care Costs Act, which

Social Determinants of Health Surface in U.S. Policy Agenda
Healthcare In Transition | Aug. 14, 2019 | Access to Care, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Payment reform, Social Determinants of Health

August 15, 2019 Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) is a new industry buzzword, but it’s also a concept that’s existed for decades. Now it’s making its way into policy agenda

The White House to Drop another Price-Related Executive Order?
Healthcare In Transition | Jul. 17, 2019 | Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Healthcare reform, Payment reform, Prescription Drug Pricing, Pricing transparency

July 18, 2019 President Trump announced the administration’s intention to release an executive order based on a “favored nations” clause. This approach suggests the U.S. would pay for pharmaceuticals at

Senate HELP Committee Updates Bill Text on Lower Health Care Costs Act
Healthcare In Transition | Jul. 17, 2019 | Access to Care, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Healthcare reform, Payment reform, PBM, Prescription Drug Pricing, Surprise Medical Billing

July 18, 2019 The Council recently expressed strong support for the Lower Health Care Costs Act, which confronts some of the biggest obstacles to bringing costs down in the healthcare

Surprise Billing and Industry Transparency
Healthcare In Transition | Jul. 17, 2019 | Access to Care, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Healthcare reform, Payment reform, PBM, Prescription Drug Pricing, Surprise Medical Billing

July 18, 2019 The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health recently marked up and voted in favor of drug transparency and surprise billing legislation. No Surprises Act (H.R.

The Administration Tosses Drug Rebating Rule
Healthcare In Transition | Jul. 17, 2019 | Government Affairs, Healthcare costs, Payment reform, PBM, Prescription Drug Pricing

July 18, 2019 The Trump administration announced it will not pursue its proposal to eliminate prescription drug rebates from government-facilitated health plans. While once touted as a critical step in

The End of the Cadillac Tax?
Healthcare In Transition | Jul. 17, 2019 | Cadillac Tax, Employer Sponsored Insurance, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Payment reform

July 18, 2019 The Council has long supported efforts to repeal the Cadillac Tax, and now lawmakers are primed to do just that. The House passed a bill to repeal

Healthcare Reform: Legislation Trackers
Healthcare In Transition | Jun. 20, 2019 | ACA, Healthcare, Payment reform, Pharmacy supply chain, Prescription Drug Pricing, Pricing transparency, Single Payer, Surprise Medical Billing

June 20, 2019 Our legal team at Steptoe & Johnson tracks healthcare reform bills in the 116th Congress. These documents are updated as of June 14. Federal Healthcare Reform Tracker.

The Latest Hearing on Single Payer Healthcare
Healthcare In Transition | Jun. 20, 2019 | ACA, Access to Care, Employer Sponsored Insurance, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Healthcare reform, Payment reform, Single Payer

June 20, 2019 The Committee on Ways and Means held a hearing on Wednesday, June 12, digging into universal healthcare coverage. The intent of the hearing was to understand the

Government Affairs Roundup: The Latest on Healthcare Policy
Healthcare In Transition | May. 16, 2019 | ACA, Access to Care, Employer Sponsored Insurance, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Healthcare costs, Healthcare data, Healthcare reform, Payment reform, Prescription Drug Pricing, Pricing transparency, Single Payer, state activity, Surprise Medical Billing, Technology

Surprise Medical Billing Broad bipartisan support from the Trump administration as well as Congress has created momentum around surprise medical billing. Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee