CAHC is on a mission to lower health costs for all Americans. We helped convince Congress and the Administration that rising health costs continue to pose a serious threat to employers and their workers, families, individuals and our nation’s finances. We are proud of the hard work and progress that went into our most recent successes, which include:
- Small Business Health Care Relief Act (Provision in 21st Century Cures- P.L. 114-255). CAHC helped develop legislation to protect small employers who offer benefits to workers through voluntary Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) from outrageous IRS fines.
- PACE Act (P.L. 114-60). CAHC helped enact the Protecting Affordable Coverage for
Employees (PACE) Act, which eliminated the requirement that forced states to change the small group market definition from 50 to 100 employees. This simple change will lower health costs for small businesses by 18 percent.
- CMS QE Program (P.L. 114-10). CAHC’s Clear Choices Campaign successfully advocated for the inclusion of a provision in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) that provides for the expanded use of Medicare, Medicaid and CHIP data to make health care more transparent and affordable. This big data approach provides information to private sector experts to identify cost hot spots and develop strategies to address them.
- Small Group Deductible Cap (P.L. 113-93). CAHC helped draft and enact a bipartisan proposal that repealed the ACA’s statutory cap on deductibles for health plans in the small group market. The ACA capped the maximum deductible for small group health plans at $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families, but applied only to small group health plans, driving up health costs relative to those of large employers and individuals. Driving advocacy through an ad hoc, 20-member effort, CAHC got the cap repealed.