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.
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).
Health care is emerging as a hot topic in the Illinois legislature, where almost 6,000 new bills are expected to be filed by mid-February. Understanding Illinois’ unique legislative process is the key to knowing what to expect in the 2018 legislative season.
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.