2019-10-01

Legislative Action Guide - Health Care

The business of health care will rapidly increase over the next five years, which includes replacing retiring workers. In addition to the high-demand jobs for registered nurses, home health aides, medical and dental assistants, there is... Read more
The business of health care will rapidly increase over the next five years, which includes replacing retiring workers. In addition to the high-demand jobs for registered nurses, home health aides, medical and dental assistants, there is still a large need for radiology technicians, physical therapists and social and human service assistants. Employment growth varies between high-wage and low-wage jobs, and education requirements differ in every field. The health care industry is also one of the most highly regulated and suffers from unsustainably low reimbursement from the government, as well as unpredictability of funding. In Orange County and throughout California, we must explore new models that will use existing resources more efficiently. The business community must partner with elected and agency officials and influential stakeholders to forge creative, consensus-based solutions to health care access and support the providers. While the ACA may be modified, repealed or replaced under a new Administration, healthcare shall continue to grow in importance due to our aging population and the growth of technology. Read less
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OCBC Policy Advocacy for Orange County Business Council

December 1, 2019

ObjectivesPromote public/private partnerships to expand a affordable health care coverage for all citizens; maximize free market options and choices; and minimize mandates upon employers, insurers, and providers. Identify sustainable, reliable funding sources for all initiatives... Read more

December 1, 2019

ObjectivesPromote public/private partnerships to expand a affordable health care coverage for all citizens; maximize free market options and choices; and minimize mandates upon employers, insurers, and providers. Identify sustainable, reliable funding sources for all initiatives and programs. 

Positions OCBC Supports: HC-1: Monitoring federal efforts to modify provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to evaluate impacts on health care coverage for Americans and ensure collective accountability, cost transparency, timely reimbursement to health care providers and improved cost and coverage outcomes for employers and employees.  

HC-2: Competition in the health care market and among private-sector providers as the best means to achieve a more efficient, affordable, and quality-driven health care system. 

HC-3: Preservation of MICRA in California and adoption of similar policies at the federal level. Restrictions on meritless lawsuits against hospitals and other providers alleging breach of government obligation to provide medical care to uninsured patients.  

HC-4: Reasonable, cost-based reimbursements to health care providers in voluntary, contracted relationships with governmental entities to provide health care services.  

HC-5: Emphasis in workforce development initiatives and the direction of workforce development funds toward initiatives that will increase the number of nurses and other health professionals needed in the Orange County workforce.   

HC-6: Reasonable exibilities in the California nurse/patient ratio regulations that recognize practical, workplace challenges and are consistent with the provision of quality hospital care.  

HC-7: State/local fiscal reforms that address property tax distribution inequities in realignment formulas in order to bring Orange County closer to parity with other counties in providing health care services to their residents.  

HC-8: Adequate funding to assist hospitals and medical personnel in planning for and responding to natural disasters or other mass casualty incidents. HC-9: Seismic mandate relief for hospitals without the imposition of additional, unrelated regulatory burdens.  

HC-10: The evaluation of current health care delivery models in Orange County, with an eye toward changes and reforms leading to greater efficiencies, better patient care, expanded health care access, and a sustainable system.  

HC-11: Policies that promote the retention and growth of California’s life sciences industry, with particular emphasis on issues that affect Orange County’s ability to maintain its leadership in the biopharmaceutical and medical device sector. HC-12: Development of options for employers to combine health care coverage for employees with the medical coverage provided through workers’ compensation.  

OCBC Opposes: 

HC-13: Disparity in taxes, regulations, or mandated standards applied to private-sector health plans versus public-sector or union plans.  

HC-14: Mandatory staffing ratios and other unfunded mandates imposed by government agencies.  

HC-15: Imposition of burdensome and inflexible standards on nonprofit hospitals in order to obtain tax-exempt status and financing.  

HC-16: Mandates upon employers to procure health care coverage for employees. 

HC-17: Mandates on hospitals and other providers to provide services at government-imposed rates (de facto, forced contracting).  

HC-18: Price control legislation or attempts to influence the free market process impacting the biopharmaceutical and medical device sectors.  

HC-19: Mandates that require Orange County-based companies in the life sciences sector to report proprietary information to any government agency.

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