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New Kaiser Report: Family Health Insurance Premiums Top $21,000

This is a year like no other. The cost reports reflected in the new Kaiser 2020 Employer Health Benefits Survey are largely reflective of the environment prior to the pandemic. The self-insured costs represent COBRA premiums that were set last year and the plan designs all existed before COVID...

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Employers Commit to Health Benefits Strategies Amid the Pandemic

Faced with record disruption in healthcare services and the economic downturn caused by the pandemic, employers are maintaining or accelerating their health benefit strategies in 2020 and 2021, according to the most-recent National Alliance Pulse of the Purchaser survey. When asked about their...

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Combating the high cost of prescription drugs

One in four Americans has trouble paying for prescription drugs. That’s why The National Alliance is pleased to join Employers’ Prescription for Affordable Drugs (EmployersRx), a coalition uniting employers to advocate for policies that will address one of our nation’s biggest health care...

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Employers are the change agents of healthcare

I have often cited that employers, as the main purchasers of healthcare, sit on top of the supply chain and have the potential to lead the much-needed transformation of this market. While a number of substantive changes in this industry have come from Medicare, many improvements that have...


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The National Alliance responds to request for recommendations on ways to reduce waste in the U.S. health care system

On March 1st, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (the "National Alliance") submitted a letter to Senator Alexander's office in response to his request for recommendations on ways to reduce waste in the U.S. health care system. Read the full letter here . ...


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State of the Union from the healthcare purchaser lens

State of the Union from the healthcare purchaser lens Last night’s State of the Union address was light on healthcare, but here are a few key takeaways: The Administration’s Drug Blueprint is still alive - After last week’s announcement proposing to eliminate drug rebates, the...