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July 23, 2020

Senate Republicans Introduce “Phase 4” Coronavirus Response Bill

On Monday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced introduction of the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection and Schools (HEALS) Act, a roughly $1 trillion package responding to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Introduction of the bill came after difficult negotiations between Senate Republicans and the White House, which delayed introduction by roughly one week. In May, the House passed the competing $3 trillion Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act along party lines. Now the two sides will begin what are expected to be tough and protracted negotiations to reach a final agreement.

July 22, 2020

PBGH joins others to offer Congress policy recommendations

PBGH joined 30 other organizations representing many of the nation’s leading private and public sector employers to offer Congress specific recommendations for health coverage-related policies to be included in the forthcoming legislation

July 21, 2020

PBGH urges Congress to fund robust COVID-19 testing

PBGH, along with other organizations representing many of the nation’s leading employers, is urging Congress to support the efforts of employers to return their employees to work safely by investing additional federal resources in the robust testing needed to accomplish both the public health and economic goals, and to ensure that employers and taxpayers are not subject to opaque and exorbitant prices for COVID-19 tests and associated services. 

July 20, 2020

PBGH signs on to Congressional letter requesting more COVID contact tracing

PBGH has joined USofCare by signing onto a letter to congressional leadership in calling for more funding for contact tracing in the upcoming coronavirus relief bill.   Read the letter here. 

July 1, 2020

PBGH urges Congress to protect consumers against surprise billing

PBGH joined 48 diverse business groups in signing onto a letter sent to Congressional Leadership urging Congress to include protections against surprise medical billing in the next COVID-19 package.  Read the letter here. 

June 19, 2020

Elizabeth Mitchell testified before 6/18 Senate HELP Committee

Read and listen to PBGH President and CEO Elizabeth Mitchell’s testimony before the U.S. Senate HELP Committee on June 18th and hear her share how care should and can be high quality and affordable.

May 8, 2020

PBGH Issues statement on Gilead announcement on the price of Remdesivir

The Pacific Business Group on Health has serious concerns with the price that Gilead has announced for remdesivir, a drug that reduces COVID-19 patients’ recovery time.  Read the statement here.

May 6, 2020

Poll: Large Employers Consider a Range of Methods to Safely Return Employees to Work Post COVID-19

Most major employers are embracing social distancing and other measures to safely bring employees back to work amid the new normal imposed by COVID-19, a recent Pacific Business Group on Health poll showed. See the results here.

April 26, 2020

PBGH issues statement on the passage of the CARES Act – COVID-19 Response Package

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (S. 3548; H.R. 748), passed by Congress and signed into law today, is a very important step in the right direction at addressing the immediate needs of businesses and individuals. In this policy statement, PBGH calls on Congress and the Administration as it develops the next anticipated COVID-19 package to include the following provisions.

April 17, 2020

PBGH urges Secretary Azar to protect primary care practices

In a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, the Pacific Business Group on Health calls on the Trump administration to address the urgent need to protect and strengthen independent primary care practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.