Healthcare Leadership Council

Quality, Competition, Innovation

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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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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Healthcare Leadership Council Statement on House Passage of 21st Century Cures Legislation

The Healthcare Leadership Council, a coalition of chief executives of the nation’s leading healthcare companies and organizations representing all health sectors, believes the U.S. House of Representatives has taken an important step in recognizing the need to strengthen and accelerate medical innovation with its passage of the 21st Century Cures Act.

In our nation today, with devastating chronic diseases affecting tens of millions of Americans and the opportunity presented by advances in medical knowledge to protect and extend lives, modernizing the discovery and development of new treatments and cures must be a national priority. Passage of the House legislation acknowledges this priority. We now look forward to working with the U.S. Senate to optimize the measure to more rapidly move innovative ideas from laboratories to patients and consumers. Congress has an important role to play in enabling the breakthroughs being developed by America’s innovation-based companies to move more rapidly from laboratories to patients and consumers. More Details »

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Healthcare Leadership Council Applauds U.S. House for Vote to Repeal Independent Payment Advisory Board

In Earlier Letter to Congress, HLC, Other Groups Said IPAB Would Be “Devastating to Patients”

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House voted by a wide margin, 244-154, to eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) provisions of the Affordable Care Act, a step praised by the Healthcare Leadership Council, an organization comprised of leaders from all U.S. healthcare sectors.

The House’s 90-vote margin supporting the repeal legislation introduced by Representatives Phil Roe (R-TN) and Linda Sanchez (D-CA) included “yes” votes by 11 House Democrats, a deceptively low number. Almost double that number of Democrats co-sponsored the Roe-Sanchez legislation but some eventually voted against it because of disagreements over how to pay for the measure.

In an earlier letter to Congress signed by the Healthcare Leadership Council and over 500 organizations representing patients, healthcare providers, veterans, employers and Americans with disabilities, it was pointed out that IPAB-generated Medicare cuts would adversely affect access to care for Medicare beneficiaries. More Details »

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