Beth M. Cubriel
Principal at Michael Best Strategies LLC
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2012, health care providers, insurers and employers have been closely monitoring congressional and executive action to forecast the future of the law and its many provisions. The Dec. 14, 2018 ruling by a federal district court judge in Texas, Reed O’Connor, once again throws judicial action into the forefront of that mix.
A recent Google search for “opioid crisis” produced 90 million results, an indication that America’s addiction to opioids has gained serious media attention over the last several years.
Two bills designed to promote transparency in the sale of prescription drugs by banning pharmacy “gag clauses” were passed by Congress and signed into law by the President this month.
Onsite clinics are a growing trend for American employers. Today, 50 percent of employers with over 5,000 employees have onsite or near-site clinics, according to the National Association of Worksite Health Clinics. It’s predicted that in the next two years, this percentage will grow to two out of three.
July has been a busy month for those keeping up with changes to health care law and policymaking. Here is an overview of some recent action by the administration and Congress.
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.”
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?”.
Congressional leaders are currently sending mixed signals on whether they will make another attempt to fully repeal the ACA. That gives us an opportunity to take a closer look at recent legislative proposals involving a common feature of employer sponsored health insurance coverage: the health savings account (HSA).
Tax reform passed both houses of Congress in December and was signed by the President on Dec. 22, 2017. Several weeks after passage, there is some misunderstanding about what is actually in the bill, especially provisions relating to health care. Here is a review of some common misconceptions about the bill and other details affecting how health care is funded or incentivized.
Last week the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate each passed tax reform proposals out of the Ways and Means and Finance committees, respectively.