2021 Outlook: Employer Groups Want Legislation on Drug Pricing, Telehealth
Trade groups representing employer health plan sponsors have a busy lobbying agenda for 2021 now that Democrats control the presidency and both chambers of Congress. The trade groups, the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) and Purchaser Business Group on Health (PBGH), both to some degree support lowering the eligible age for Medicare, aggressive action to lower prescription drug prices and comprehensive telehealth reform.
The common theme for both organizations across all their policy goals is a desire to lower health care costs and, broadly speaking, improve the risk pool for plan sponsors. While those goals are in alignment with the aims of the managed care industry most of the time, there are points where plan sponsors and carriers’ interests deviate — which could mean health insurance trade groups might team up with the plan sponsor lobby on one bill but square off on another.