Legislative Position - April 23, 2014
Senators Richard Burr (R-NC), Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Tom Coburn (R-OK) have introduced an outline of a bill called the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment Act, or the Patient CARE Act. Like PPACA, this legislation would tax employer-sponsored medical plans that provide benefits that the federal government deems as "too rich". We believe:
- The income tax exclusion for employer-sponsored medical plans should be preserved.
- Employers should not be taxed for offering competitive benefits. And,
- Employees should not be taxed for participating in competitive benefit plans.
Furthermore, we believe the market and not the government should determine what is competitive for copayments, deductibles and coinsurance levels. Accordingly, we have sent a letter (click here to view letter) to Senator Burr expressing our concerns with his Patient CARE Act.
Explore Your Treatment Options
These evidence-based resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) help patients: explore treatment options, compare benefits and risks, and prepare for medical appointments. Many common health conditions are covered.
Download or order free printed copies, including bulk quantities, from AHRQ
The Consumer Health Mindset -
Turn Good Intentions into Great Outcomes
Looking for ways to get the people in your organization healthier? If so, you are not alone.
Business and HR leaders across the country are looking for ways to motivate their “consumers”—
employees as well as family members in their health plans—to engage in healthier actions.
Aon Hewitt has partnered with the National Business Group on Health (The Business Group) and The Futures Company to conduct
The Consumer Health Mindset study. This study explores perspectives,
attitudes and behaviors that employees and dependents hold toward health and health care as they interact with their employer-sponsored health plans and wellness programs. Click here for the complete study and learn more.
Health Insurance Marketplace Open!
How the Health Care Law is Making a Difference for the People of North Carolina (read entire article)
Because of the Affordable Care Act, the 83% of North Carolinians who have insurance have more choices and stronger coverage than ever before. And for the 17% of North Carolinians who donít have insurance, or North Carolina families and small businesses who buy their coverage but arenít happy with it, a new day is just around the corner.
The new online Health Insurance Marketplace provides families and small businesses who currently donít have insurance, or are looking for a better deal, a new way to find health coverage that fits their needs and their budgets.
Open enrollment in the Marketplace starts Oct 1, with coverage starting as soon as Jan 1, 2014. But North Carolina families and small business can visit HealthCare.gov right now to find the information they need prepare for open enrollment.
July 2013: Prediabetes NBCH Action Brief
Nearly 1 in 10 Americans have diabetes, and an estimated 1 in 3 have prediabetes. With direct and indirect diabetes costs estimated at $245 billion annually, employers are increasingly engaged in diabetes care, control, and prevention efforts. If prediabetes is addressed, it prevents or delays the onset of type 2 diabetes, reducing such costs. This Action Brief outlines the scope of prediabetes; how health plans are addressing the issues based on data from eValue8, a resource used by purchasers to track health plan performance; and actions employers can take to engage and support their workforce in improving health, preventing type 2 diabetes, reducing risk factors, and better controlling existing conditions. (more)
June 17, 2013
The Results Are In!
The Step Up Carolinas eight-week fitness program kicked off in April 2013 and
concluded May 31, with the results representing a resounding success for participating
employers and their employees.
May 30, 2013
NCBGH and Step Up mentioned in an article featuring the US Airways “Fit for US” program. Read article