In late June, senior Alliance staff will spend a few days in Washington DC to meet with Illinois and Wisconsin congressional representatives. The purpose of our visit is to build relationships with our elected officials and establish The Alliance and our employer members as a resource on key health care topics. These are brief visits so we want to use our time well! You can help by letting us know how the following four issues impact you, your employees and your business.
On Friday, May 11, President Trump delivered a highly anticipated speech to outline his plan to reduce drug prices and the cost of health care in America. The President gave a speech that was high on platitudes, promising to “launch the most sweeping action in history to lower the price of prescription drugs for the American people.”
When Walworth County makes employee benefit decisions, it keeps the ripple effect in mind. For a governmental unit, the ripples start with the employees that it wants to recruit and retain. Those employees typically place a high value on access to health care. But the ripples extend outward to impact all the taxpayers who live in Walworth County, located on the southern Wisconsin border.
Every day, millions of Americans check into hospitals, visit family physicians or are treated in clinics. Rarely do patients ask, “how much is this going to cost me?”.
“There is strength in numbers – in policy making as well as purchasing health care,” said Karen Timberlake, principal at the Wisconsin offices of Michael Best Strategies. Several staff members of Michael Best Strategies spoke about the past year in health policy and what lies ahead in 2018 at The Alliance’s Health Policy event.
How has federal health policy changed over the past year? Which changes impact employers with self-funded employee health benefit plans? And what are the ‘hot button’ legislation items currently being discussed in U.S. government? John Barlament, partner at Quarles and Brady informed attendees of the need-to-know issues that could impact their benefit offerings at the health policy focused event last month.