Advocacy

federal and state

AAPAN’s Federal Advocacy program continuously monitors activities in our nation’s capital with an eye on our member’s legislative priorities. We stay on top of any pending regulatory and legislative change so we can move quickly to make certain the industry’s voice is part of the discussion. Weekly advocacy updates ensure member companies are informed. And can effectively engage when the need arises.

AAPAN also keeps tabs on the pulse of legislative and regulatory activities in all 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Working closely with our members regionally and through formal Public Policy Strategy workgroups, AAPAN annually identifies the issues that limit access to care, drive up costs and add unnecessary complexity to the marketplace – network adequacy, any willing provider statutes, provider dispensing, state drug formularies, opioid safeguards, to name just a few. Then we target key states for focused advocacy – states nearing introduction of legislation both favorable and unfavorable to industry business practice.

Advocacy

AAPAN advocates at the federal and state level to ensure that policymakers understand the value our Commercial/ Government Health and Workers’ Compensation members bring to healthcare.

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Administrative Simplification

AAPAN drives efficiencies in Commercial Health and Workers’ Compensation to improve the healthcare experience for both patients and injured workers.

Collaboration

AAPAN unites Commercial/Government Health and Workers’ Compensation organizations fostering open dialogue in a unique, collaborative atmosphere.

federal advocacy

We communicate regularly with legislators and regulators through in-person visits, fund raisers, responses to request for ideas, written testimony and formal correspondence. Our annual Capitol Caucus event further enhances that relationship-building by bringing together AAPAN members and high-ranking legislators, administration officials, regulators and media that cover politics. Face-to-face, interactive discussion with policymakers means association brand recognition and understanding about how decisions can impact the commercial/government health and workers’ compensation market. 

Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana (2008-2016) (R), pictured with AAPAN President and CEO Julian Roberts (L), closed the 2018 AAPAN Innovations Forum by delivering the Chairman’s Dinner Keynote.

Vanila Singh, MD, MACM, chief medical officer for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, shares the administration’s perspective at the 2019 AAPAN Opioid Summit.

latest federal activity

PMMA COMMENTS TO HHS

The Physical Medicine Management Alliance (PMMA) submitted comments on the Pain Management Best Practices Inter-Agency Task Force Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices: Updates, Gaps, Inconsistencies, and Recommendations. A response to the report was submitted on Oct. 7, 2019.

AAPAN TRANSPARENCY COMMENTS TO CMS

AAPAN submitted comments on the Transparency in Coverage proposed rule and President Trump’s Executive Order 13877, “Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First.” 

AAPAN CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES

AAPAN is keeping our membership abreast with curated daily update on the news and federal and state activity around the coronavirus response. These updates will include items beyond those impacting the health sector to help our members navigate this challenging time.

state advocacy

We work to make our members’ collective voice heard through strategic initiatives that engage association-retained counsel, state association partners, and industry allies, by delivering testimony, and conducting grassroots advocacy. We also work to make the industry’s voice louder and more compelling through active participation in national and state-level, policy-oriented organizations, such as the National Council of Insurance Legislators, the National Association of Insurance commissioners, Women in Government and others.

latest state activity

NCOIL

AAPAN joined with the National Association of Dental Plans in opposition to model provider contracting legislation supported by the American Dental Association. The model addressing a wide ranging set of policies, many of which are already the subject of earlier NCOIL models.

WORKERS' COMP

AAPAN is actively engaging on policies impacting the workers’ compensation market. AAPAN successfully advocated for amendments to Kentucky’s medical treatment guidelines. The guidelines imposed overly tight time frames for utilization review.

AAPAN is monitoring activity in Indiana and New York as they revisit PBM reform, focusing on their possible application to workers’ compensation.

COMMERCIAL HEALTH - CA

In December, AAPAN commented on proposed California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Rules. AAPAN sought clarifications on issues including the application of the rules to the business associates of covered entities to the act. Additionally, AAPAN asked that it be clarified that network providers qualified under the business to business exceptions to the rules and that claims information was outside the definition of personal health information. Privacy regulations modeled on the CCPA have already been introduced in several states, and AAPAN will remain active on this issue.