Alliance employer-members and industry professionals learned the latest about health benefit design challenges and how to address them. That was the focus of the Employer Connections event at Northern Illinois University’s Rockford Campus.
You might think that proposed state laws about insurance benefits won’t impact your self-funded benefit plan due to the federal ERISA law. Think again. State legislation is increasingly having an impact on self-funded benefit plans.
“The more time you spend with your provider, the more accurate your diagnosis will be,” said Dr. Michael Tuggy. Dr. Tuggy is the vice chair at Family Medicine for America’s Health and a clinical professor at the University of Washington. He spoke at two events hosted by The Alliance to start a discussion about high-value health care and employer-sponsored direct primary care clinics.
As proposed legislation and regulation moves through the federal and state lawmaking process, employers can contact their legislators or participate in other Alliance activities aimed at alerting policymakers to the potential impact of their actions.
A $44 million tax bill was sent to an employer who made that mistake and then turned to John Barlament, a partner at Quarles and Brady, for help in correcting the issue. While the penalty was eventually corrected and reduced to zero, the situation shows the potential problems that employers can face when dealing with health benefits regulations.
Staying current on state and federal policymakers’ approach to health benefits can feel like a continual pop quiz. That makes the game show Jeopardy! a good approach to understanding the current health policy challenges facing employers.
Direct primary care (DPC) has been promoted as a way for consumers to save money on primary care services, since there are usually no co-pays or deductibles. By not accepting insurance payments, DPC providers avoid the overhead and complexity of dealing with insurers.
How do you lower the price of health care? The Alliance is here to provide answers.
It’s time to tell Congress just how much employers care about repealing the Cadillac Tax. The Alliance recently joined a diverse group of organizations in signing a letter asking members of Congress to support legislation that will permanently repeal the Cadillac Tax. The bill is titled HR 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019. Now, we’re asking Alliance members to write letters of their own supporting HR 748.
Both Wisconsin and Illinois inaugurated new governors in recent weeks. Those new governors are picking top health policy leaders and beginning to dig into the work of transforming campaign promises into policy proposals. This synopsis of the new leaders in both states shares some early positions they — and their counterparts in the legislative branch — have staked out on health policy issues of interest to members of The Alliance.