Last month, the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC) and West Health held a virtual Hill briefing exploring the link between the high cost of drugs and health inequities on March 18, 2021. The briefing explored a range of systemic issues that drive health inequities for communities of color, including drug prices, coverage gaps, and COVID-19 recovery.
Earlier this week, the House Energy and Commerce Committee deliberated legislation related to Medicaid and public health spending, as part of the House’s larger COVID-19 reconciliation package. Several provisions would strengthen Medicaid and CHIP, reduce cost-sharing, and provide additional funding to states for vaccine distribution. The legislation aligns well with key recommendations that the National […]
The National Coalition on Health Care held a virtual conference with health care leaders on October 1, 2020. The impact of COVID-19 on communities of color was a major theme of the conversation. To date, the US has had over 275,000 COVID-19 deaths and over 14 million cases – numbers that are rising every day. […]
The following memo summarizes the “Biden Plan” for health care, according to the campaign and statements made by Vice President Biden and surrogates in recent months. We also compare the plan to the Trump Administration, where appropriate. Read the full memo here.
In an essay placed in the National Academy of Social Science’s Ball Award Compendium, NCHC President John Rother describes building a foundation for successful aging as a combination of: a higher minimum wage, more aggressive opt-out portable savings arrangements, and comprehensive health coverage and benefits for working-age people. Read the full essay here.
The Administration’s continued pursuit to strike down the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in the courts openly undermines affordable health insurance coverage during the pandemic, threatening our public health response and economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented and widespread damage to our health and economy Since January, more than 3 million people have been […]
John Rother President, National Coalition on Health Care Introduction The price of pharmaceuticals has been a top policy issue in the U.S., especially since the introduction of the $1000 per pill Hep C drug Sovaldi in 2017. Drug prices are a top concern for Americans going into the fall elections. The issue is driven by […]
House Democrats unveiled H.R. 1425 which would expand and protect key elements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Key provisions of H.R. 1425 include expanding subsidies and eligibility requirements for state-level exchanges. Importantly, states would have the ability to expand premium tax credits beyond 400% of the federal poverty line. H.R. 1425 also fixes the […]
Today’s health care institutions are stretched to capacity and beyond by the COVID-19 crisis. But like physical exercise, it’s possible that this stress can lead us to a stronger system longer-term. This depends, of course, on how we respond to the shortcomings revealed by our slow responses to the pandemic.From my decades in health policy, […]
The future of value-based purchasing (VBP) is uncertain. Current models have theoretical promise, but critics point to minimal achievements. Despite the rhetoric around paying for value over volume, the percent of health care spending involved in pay-for-performance contracts has stagnated or declined. In addition, the polled enthusiasm among health care industry leaders for value-based purchasing is declining. […]
Washington, DC – Yesterday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ), Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA), and Education & Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) released a joint statement announcing that H.R. 3, the Lower Drug Costs Now Act, will come to a floor vote next week. The National Coalition on Health Care supports H.R. 3 to lower prescription drug prices and urges its swift passage to the U.S. Senate. […]
On February 28th, NCHC wrote a letter to the Senate HELP Committee addressed to Senator Alexander. The letter was in response to a request from Senator Alexander asking for policy recommendations to address the rising costs of health care. You can read the entire letter here.
Washington, D.C., March 29 – Today, the National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), the longest-running alliance of leading health care provider, purchaser, payer and consumer organizations, announced the retirement of its long-time President, John Rother, after many years of dedicated service to the organization, its members, and the national health care policy community.
On March 18, from 1-2pm ET, The National Coalition on Health Care and West Health co-hosted the first of a two-part, Hill briefing series: “The Burden of High Drug Prices on Communities of Color”.
Read the Report Here.
Budget reconciliation is a procedural mechanism that allows for smaller majorities to enact legislative goals without securing 60 votes in the Senate. As the 117th Congress establishes priorities for the session with narrow Democratic majorities in both chambers, calls for the use of budget reconciliation are growing among Congressional Democrats, many of whom see an […]