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The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), a coalition of chief executives from all disciplines within American healthcare, is the exclusive forum for the nation’s healthcare leaders to jointly develop policies, plans, and programs to achieve their vision of a 21st century system that makes affordable, high-quality care accessible to all Americans.

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Health Leaders Applaud Congressional Passage, Presidential Signing of Legislation to Address Employer Health Costs

WASHINGTON – The Healthcare Leadership Council today praised Congress and President Obama for the enactment of the Protecting Affordable Coverage for Employees (PACE) Act, which will assist mid-size employers to keep their current health coverage and avoid the prospect of significant premium increases.

The PACE legislation addressed a provision in the Affordable Care Act that, in 2016, would have changed the definition of a small employer from one with 50 or fewer employees to one with 100 employees or fewer. The new law keeps the definition at 50 employees, although states have the option to increase that number if they choose.

“This legislation will help prevent disruption in the employer health insurance market and bring greater certainty and cost stability to mid-size businesses,” said HLC President Mary R. Grealy. “What’s particularly encouraging is that Republicans and Democrats put partisanship aside and worked together to enact a necessary improvement to the Affordable Care Act. We hope to see more of this bipartisanship on health policy.”

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Dozens of Health Organizations Applaud Legislation to Change Congressional Budget Scoring Rules for Preventive Health Initiatives

Burgess-DeGette Bipartisan Bill Would Enable Congress to Better Assess Long-Term Savings from Disease Prevention Efforts

WASHINGTON – Nearly 80 healthcare organizations, including the Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC), have endorsed bipartisan legislation introduced today that would modernize Congressional Budget Office scoring procedures for preventive health initiatives, examining the potential for long-term health savings that might occur beyond the conventional 10-year budget window.

The Preventive Health Savings Act of 2015 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives today by Representatives Michael Burgess (R-TX) and Diana DeGette (D-CO).  The legislation would give chairs or ranking minority members of budget and health-related committees the ability to request a budget analysis of preventive health programs for two 10-year periods beyond the conventional 10-year window. More Details »

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Nearly Nine of 10 Seniors Satisfied with Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Coverage, National Survey Finds

Large Majorities Say Their Plan Is a Good Value, Feel Consumer Choice is Important Feature of Part D

WASHINGTON – Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage continues to enjoy overwhelming approval among the nation’s seniors, according to a nationwide survey released today by Medicare Today. Eighty-nine percent of Americans age 65 and older are satisfied with their coverage and 85 percent say that they consider their Medicare drug plan to be a good value.

The survey of approximately 2,000 seniors – conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of the nonpartisan Medicare Today alliance – also found 80 percent of seniors said their total out-of-pocket costs are reasonable.

Prior to the announcement of the survey results, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that average Medicare Part D monthly premiums will remain stable at $32.50 in 2016. Premiums have remained at approximately this level since 2011, another indication of program success. More Details »

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Statement by Mary R. Grealy, President, Healthcare Leadership Council, on the 2015 Medicare Trustees Report

“No one wants a future in which the only ways to make Medicare financially secure are by reducing access or undermining healthcare quality.”

Today’s report by the Medicare Trustees is a sharp reminder that time is limited for policymakers to take prudent, responsible action to secure Medicare’s financial future for generations to come.

In spite of the successful efforts of multiple health industry sectors to significantly reduce Medicare’s per capita annual cost increases, the Trustees continue to project that Medicare will reach insolvency after 2030. So, according to these projections, today’s 50-year-olds who are beginning to think about their retirement years do not have assurance that Medicare will be a sustainable, affordable program after they reach 65. More Details »

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