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Millions of Americans receive health care benefits as a result of their employment by state, county and local governmental units. The passage of the Affordable Care Act represents a historic opportunity to improve quality and increase value within the American health care system. However, the cost to provide this essential health care protection - to active and retired employees and to taxpayers - continues to increase at a challenging rate.
The Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable is a non-partisan, member-directed grassroots coalition that exists to give public employers and their health plan administrators a voice in this critical national discussion and to ensure that the public sector is not ignored in any federal action. As implementation of the Affordable Care Act continues, the Roundtable provides its members with a forum in which to share critical information and experiences and to consider potential partnerships that could improve efficiency and increase value.
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HealthCare Roundtable e-News - July 21, 2017|
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- Health Care 'Free-for-All' Planned in Senate
- FDA Commissioner Discusses Plans to Boost Generic Competition
- FDA Downgrades Priority of Rule on Generic Drug Safety Labels
- Economists Find Flaws with Indication-Based Pricing of Drugs
Roundtable Members Submit Comments on Impact of 2017 Medicare Advantage Advance Notice
After CMS released its advance notice of the 2017 Medicare Advantage/Prescription Drug Plan proposed rates and benefit guidance, several Public Sector HealthCare Roundtable members submitted comments, with many focused on the potential impact of proposed changes to Employer Group Waiver Plans (EGWPs).
Listed below are several of the submissions by Roundtable members, as well as letters on the issue from members of Congress.
CMS comment letters
- Teachers' Retirement System of Kentucky, March 4, 2016
- Kentucky Retirement Systems, March 4, 2016
- School Employees Retirement System of Ohio, March 4, 2016
- State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio, March 4, 2016
- Coalition to Save Medicare Advantage Retiree Coverage, March 4, 2016
- Better Medicare Alliance, March 3, 2016
- Six members of Congress, March 23, 2016
- Michigan congressional delegation, March 10, 2016
- 13 senators, March 9, 2016
- Reps. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., and Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., March 7, 2016
- Eight members of Congress, March 4, 2016
- 312 members of Congress, Feb. 17, 2016
Recent Roundtable Activity
May 19, 2017
Roundtable Supports CHRONIC Care Act
"We commend the Committee and the Working Group on its hard work and commitment to the development of bipartisan solutions to address the needs of the millions of Americans living with chronic medical conditions."
May 18, 2017
Roundtable Seeks Changes to Biosimilar Interchangeability Guidance
"Any applications which demonstrate that the product can be expected to produce the same clinical results as the reference product in any given patient, as required by statute should be deemed interchangeable."
April 27, 2017
Roundtable Backs Legislation to Stop REMS Abuses
"These abuses are growing and the resulting delay in generic and biosimilars competition is costing patients, the federal government, and the health care system billions of dollars annually."
April 6, 2017
Roundtable Supports Bill to Expand Development of Generic Drugs
"The bill would provide a clear solution to abusive, anticompetitive business practices that increase costs to the American health care system by impeding patient access to generic and biosimilar medicines."
Jan. 25, 2017
Roundtable Backs Move Toward Value-Based Care
"Through private and public sector alignment, the move toward value-based care is succeeding, measurably improving healthcare quality and contributing to historically low costs. Now is not the time for policymakers to signal a shift away from value-based care, either through action or inaction."
Sept. 27, 2016
Roundtable Seeks to Block Increases in Medicare Part B Premiums, Deductibles
"We are deeply concerned by the projected Part B premium and deductible increases, most notably for current and newly eligible beneficiaries living on low and fixed incomes. In 2014, half of the Medicare population lived on annual incomes of $24,150 or less. Newly enrolled Medicare beneficiaries, those not collecting Social Security benefits - many of whom are retired public servants - and state Medicaid programs should not be expected to carry the burden of paying for increased costs in Part B through higher premiums and cost sharing."
June 27, 2016
Roundtable Urges Lawmakers to Support Medicare Part B Payment Proposal
"Our support for the model is informed by our shared commitment to bipartisan efforts to transition Medicare from a volume-based system to one that reimburses based on health care quality and innovation."
June 14, 2016
Roundtable Backs Bill to Stop 'Anticompetitive' Practices by Brand Name Drug Companies
"The bill would provide a clear solution to abusive, anticompetitive business practices that increase costs to the American health care system by impeding patient access to generic medicines."
Jan. 28, 2016
Roundtable Submits Comments on Chronic Care Options Paper
"The Roundtable supports the efforts of the Working Group and believe the Policy Options Document reflects work and analysis that will further the goal of improving care for the millions of vulnerable Medicare beneficiaries managing multiple chronic conditions."