Postponing Federal Digital Privacy Legislation Will Backfire

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 lockdown, Americans are turning to technology more than ever. However, federal legislation addressing digital privacy protections has stalled in Congress. Comprehensive legislation needs to be passed to ensure consumers right to digital privacy. Many functions of everyday life that have been carried out in person have recently moved online. […]

Coalition Opposes Expansion of CMS Regulations

Today, a group of 28 organizations, including ACI, sent a letter to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in opposition to proposed regulations that would demand additional rebates from drug prices, including drugs that may have applications for patients during the current COVID crisis. The letter explains the many unintended […]

Consumers to Businesses: Be Upfront About Your COVID-19 Mitigation Policies

As the country slowly repeals the COVID-19 lockdowns, consumers and businesses are left to grapple with how they interact under the “new normal.” Consumers want to shop—but don’t want to catch the virus. Meanwhile, businesses want to sell—but fear being sued for spreading the virus among their customers. While discussions about limiting liability remain in […]

Spectator: Draconian Vaping Policies Deserve Condemnation

In this piece, published in the Spectator (Australian edition), Michael McGrady explains why increasing access to smoke-free products is necessary to successfully execute a strategy that reduces the use of combustible smoking products, which are responsible for the deaths of millions across the globe.

Coalition Letter to Congress Supporting Telehealth Expansion

Today, a broad coalition sent a letter to Congress thanking them for waiving longstanding Medicare restrictions on telehealth services. The effort by Congress resulted in an expansion in telehealth services during the COVID-19 public health emergency, and the letter calls for continued regulatory relief for the benefit of patients.

Give Businesses and Consumers the Confidence to Re-Open

In addition to the lives tragically lost, the economic ravages of the coronavirus pandemic are evident everywhere. Unemployment levels not seen since the Great Depression. More than 100,000 small businesses shuttered. A near-total collapse of tourism in major U.S. cities. The speed and strength of the economic recovery depends on whether businesses and consumers feel […]

Congress Should Make Temporary CMS Policies Permanent

Today, ACI joined thirty-five other organizations in calling on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) to make permanent a number of regulatory changes. During the COVID-19 Crisis, CMS made necessary improvements to rules that facilitated Telehealth applications, relaxed professional licensing guidelines, stemmed non-essential physician supervision, and waived HIPPA requirements that would allow provider-patient communication […]

31 Groups Call for the Rejection of a Bill That Would Deplete Current Medicare Funds

Thirty-one nonprofit organizations sent a letter to Congress calling on it to oppose legislative attempts to meddle with the current Medicare plan. A proposal called the Medicare Crisis Program Act seeks to expand eligibility and threatens the financial stability of Medicare by depleting the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund. The bill also opens the door to […]

Certificate of Need Regulations: a Roadblock to Hospital Capacity

During this COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for states and municipalities to end their barriers to expanding hospital capacity by ending certificate of need regulations that restrict the expansion of hospital coverage and services to the critically ill. ACI joins a coalition of groups calling for Congress to end these needless regulations. Read the coalition […]

Coronavirus Facts vs. Myths: What Others are Saying

As the coronavirus continues to grow in the U.S. and around the world, ACI is reminding that there are ways to stay healthy during these unusual times, and help you differentiate between the myths and the facts. Here is what medical professionals are saying. Wearing a mask can help – Probably While there has been […]