From time-to-time, CAHC hosts briefings on Capitol Hill to educate Members and their staff on issues. These are public meetings.
In addition, CAHC partners with Third Way (a center-left think tank) to host closed-door meetings on policy issues (about six per year).
CAHC has also hosted policy summits, which are larger events, open to the public and dedicated to a deep dive exploration of a specific issue. For example, we hosted an event with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to explore systemic factors driving health costs and what might be done about them.
Hill Briefing: 2017 ACA Repeal & Replace- Subsidy Portability
Congressional Staff Briefing 2017 ACA Repeal and Replace: Subsidy Portability Empowering Consumers and Expanding Choice Thursday, February 16, 2017 10:00 a.m., Russell-188 The ACA provides premium subsidies to help individuals afford health insurance coverage. However, the law only allows consumers to use their subsidies to purchase plans sold on publicly run exchanges, and it limits… Read more »
Hill Briefing: 2017 ACA Repeal & Replace- Ensuring a Smooth Transition
Congressional Staff Briefing 2017 ACA Repeal and Replace: Ensuring a Smooth Transition Why Repeal and Replace Must Be Paired with Short-Term Market Stabilization The ACA made massive changes to health markets – some positive and some negative. It created new consumer protections, corrected market imbalances, and reduced the number of uninsured Americans to historic lows…. Read more »
CAHC President Testifies to Ways and Means Committee
The House Committee on Ways and Means held a full committee hearing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, to discuss rising health insurance premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Witness List Joel White, President, CAHC Click here to view Joel’s testimony Christopher Condeluci, Principal, CC Law & Policy PLLC Tom Harte, President, Landmark Benefits, NH… Read more »
Congressional Staff Briefing, 2017 Health Insurance Premiums: Rising Rates on ACA’s Exchanges
Initial reports from states that have released premium data suggest that rates for many insurance plans are expected to increase significantly next year, much higher than prior increases in 2015 and 2016. The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) held a briefing on proposed 2017 health plan premiums on the ACA’s insurance exchanges. The briefing… Read more »
Next Generation Health Insurance Exchanges: Key Challenges & Next Steps
The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) hosted a briefing on health insurance exchanges. Public health insurance exchanges are online, health insurance marketplaces set up by the U.S. federal government, and by certain states, where individuals and small businesses can shop for, compare, and purchase private health insurance. Although the consumer experience shopping for health… Read more »
Event: King v. Burwell Hill Briefing: An Overview of the ACA Supreme Court Challenge
Prior to the Supreme Court decision, CAHC hosted a Congressional briefing to review the King v. Burwellcase and to offer a policy alternative if the Supreme Court struck down parts of the ACA. Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) presented and discussed their policy proposals to address the potential… Read more »
A Briefing on Health Care Transparency: How to Move from Muddy Waters to Clear Choices (CAHC’s launch of the Clear Choices Campaign)
It’s harder than ever for consumers to navigate the healthcare marketplace. The Affordable Care Act requires consumers to buy health insurance or pay a fine. But its own health insurance exchanges don’t provide enough information for consumers to make informed choices. It’s nearly impossible to figure out whether a health plan covers a certain prescription… Read more »
CAHC Awards 2014 Affordability Champion Honors to Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA)
Washington, D.C., June 19, 2014 – The Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) is pleased to announce that Representatives Tom Reed (R-NY) and Mike Thompson (D-CA) will jointly receive CAHC’s first annual Affordability Champion Award for their bipartisan leadership in repealing the small group deductible cap, a provision of the Affordable Care Act. The Award… Read more »
CAHC Releases March 2017 Issue Brief on ACA Premiums, Deductibles, and Plan Competition
- CAHC calls on Congress to provide $20 billion in annual funding. We estimate such funding will lower premiums by 20 to 24 percent, reversing the 2017 average Silver plan premium increase.
Council for Affordable Health Coverage’s Policy Recommendations for ACA Repeal and Replace
Broad-based coalition releases white paper arguing for short-term market stabilization solutions and long-term cost containment.
WASHINGTON, DC (February 1, 2017) — Today, the Council for Affordable Health Coverage (CAHC) — a coalition of employers, biopharmaceutical companies, insurers, brokers, agents, patient groups, and physician organizations — released a white paper advocating for competition and consumer choice amidst ACA repeal and replace efforts.
“The Affordable Care Act corrected market imbalances and reduced the number of uninsured Americans to historic lows — but its tendency toward overregulation led to double-digit premium hikes.” said CAHC President Joel White. “Despite the fact that health costs rose four times faster than wages under President Obama, health care costs and their effect on the American family are often absent from reform dialogue. They can’t be. Proactively coupling ACA replacement efforts with policies that increase value, choice, access, and competition will lower American health care costs.”
ACA shortcomings have led insurers to exit the exchanges, leaving consumers with an extremely unbalanced risk pool and fewer health plan options. The resulting exodus of healthy consumers is raising costs across the marketplace.
CAHC’s comprehensive policy recommendations, advise the new Congress and Administration to stabilize markets, cultivate healthy risk pools, empower consumers, reduce regulatory burdens, enable state flexibility, and support the employer market.
“Repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act opens a world of possibility to correct the law’s truly unaffordable components — and even offers opportunities for bipartisanship,” said Katie Allen, executive director of CAHC. “But it’s imperative that new legislation balance the market and protect consumers straightaway.”
In the wake of imminent health care reform from President Trump and Republican congressional representatives, CAHC’s policy proposal aims to guide the U.S. healthcare market to a sustainable, more affordable solution.
CAHC President’s Blog: A Post-Election Update
This week, I spoke at the Press Club at the National Consumers League conference on the election and its impact on health care access. On my panel were NCL, AHIP, SEIU, PhRMA and National Partnership for Women and Families. (Click here to view the slides). That same day, I spoke to a group of strange bedfellows who came together to discuss the post-election environment.
For most of the rest of the week, I spoke to Committee and other Congressional staff and Members of Congress about the impact of the election on the issues we all care deeply about. What struck me was – regardless of whether the person was politically left, center, or right – everyone was searching for what the election meant for our country. Almost everyone viewed the political and policy horizon with uncertainty. Who will be deciding my issue? Can this or that provision be repealed through regulations? What does the lame duck hold?
To the extent the President-Elect’s agenda is known, his priorities on a range of issues important to business (particularly the health care industry) are not classically that of the ideological right.
What is clear, is that Obamacare will be modified – first repealed, then replaced with a plan that seeks to lower costs and improve access. Will it improve the coverage numbers? Your guess is as good as mine, but the answer is likely “no.” It doesn’t seem Republicans are ready to spend $1 trillion or more to cover as many people as Obamacare. Consider, however, that about 40 cents of every dollar is “wasted” on care that does little to improve a patient’s health (prescribing antibiotics for a viral infection) or that actually harms the patient (over-exposure to multiple x-rays). There should be a way to wring some excess costs out of the system and improve coverage numbers.
On Monday, we met with several CBO analysts to discuss this very issue. We are hopeful that in the coming debate over Obamacare, CAHC will play a major role in directing the solutions that will simultaneously lower costs, improve access and expand coverage. We have already started pulling ideas together. We are excited that you’re with us in this effort.
-Joel White, President
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