Category Archives: Legislative Reform

  1. New Final Rule Lets Employees Use HRAs to Buy Health Insurance

    As of 2020, workers can use individual coverage HRAs to purchase their own plans A newly issued regulation could transform how employers pay for employee health care coverage, its advocates claim, by letting employers use pretax dollars to subsidize employee premiums in the individual health insurance market. On June 13, the U.S. departments of Health…

  2. Health providers balk at new proposal to disclose prices

    By Jack Craver The proposal would require they disclose the prices they use when negotiating with insurers, not the current “list prices.” The Trump administration is considering requiring hospitals to publicly disclose the prices they negotiate with insurers for procedures, a proposal that is drawing fierce opposition from hospitals. The idea is to provide patients with more price…

  3. How this election could affect your health care: Some key races to watch

    Julie Rovner, Kaiser Health News Voters this year have told pollsters in no uncertain terms that health care is important to them. In particular, maintaining insurance protections for preexisting conditions is the top issue to many. But the results of the midterm elections are likely to have a major impact on a broad array of…

  4. Trump signs bills lifting pharmacist ‘gag clauses’ on drug prices

    President Trump signed two bills at the White House last Wednesday aimed at lowering pharmaceutical drug prices by promoting greater disclosure in drug pricing. Know the Lowest Price Act Patients’ Right to Know Drug Prices Act The 2 bills are meant to prevent “gag clauses” in agreements between pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers (PBM’s), who…

  5. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued results from its IRS audit

    The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) issued results from its audit of the IRS’s implementation of key Affordable Care Act (ACA) provisions. The ACA established several obligations affecting Applicable Large Employers (ALEs) (generally, employers that employed 50 or more full-time and full-time equivalent employees in the prior calendar year). Among other things, ALEs…

  6. Biz Talk Radio – Price of Business with Kevin Price and Bethany Schenk

    Tune in to hear Price of Business talk show host Kevin Price discuss healthcare industry dynamics with Web Benefits Design President and CEO, Bethany Schenk. Discover how capitalism vs. big government can change the landscape of healthcare, and how the emergency of the private sector could affect the future of legislative reform efforts.