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June 25, 2019

4C Supports Senate HELP Committee’s Efforts to Tackle Rising Health Care Costs & Health-Data Access

The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee, under the bipartisan leadership of Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are looking at a multi-pronged approach to better-control health care costs via the Lower Health Care Cost Draft Legislation of 2019 released May 23rd, 2019 and due for mark-up tomorrow (June 26, 2019).  

A key component of the draft legislation is the effort to ensure self-insured plan providers (upwards of 94% of plans with 5000+ employees) have access to their de-identified healthcare data.  Far-too-often self-insured plan providers ether don’t know or have signed contracts limiting access (i.e. gag clauses) to this critical data.  This bill would prohibit contracts that limit health data access, while further-affirming existing rights.  

4C Health Solutions believes It is only with improved access to healthcare data can greater insights be driven, insights that’ll allow plan providers to play a stronger and proactive role in controlling costs.

Today (June 25, 2019), former Secretary of Health & Human Services and current Chairman of 4C Health Solutions, Tommy G. Thompson, offered the following statement in support of the data-access efforts per the Lower Health Care Cost 2019 draft legislation:

“The Lower Health Care Cost Draft Legislation of 2019 reflects a crucial bipartisan understanding; businesses must better-understand and affect key health care cost drivers and it begins with true access to data. 

The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension (HELP) Committee with Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) serving as cochairs deserve credit for attacking the ever-rising cost of health care on a number of critical fronts with innovative bipartisan solutions.  I believe no item within this bill deserves stronger congressional support than the provision ensuring access to deidentified healthcare data long-guarded by the industry. Health-data access would empower employers allowing the dedication of resources towards better-understanding and proactively addressing health-spend drivers.”