New Stimulus Package Makes Americans a Second Priority

The American Rescue Plan (ARP), a $1.9 trillion stimulus package backed by President Biden and recently passed in the House of Representatives, goes beyond its primary intention of providing direct economic relief for American workers. Besides Covid-19 relief measures, the bill contains a bundle of other programs lumped in the package that have little to […]

Town Hall — Congress Has Finally Acted on Surprise Medical Billing: It’s a Start

One of the most significant problems facing patients and their access to quality healthcare is the threat of a surprise medical bill or balance billing. Between 2018 and 2020, 41 percent of insured Americans received an unexpected medical bill with two-thirds of Americans worrying they will be unable to afford an unexpected medical expense. Recognizing that […]

Coalition Letter Opposes Changes to Section 230

Today, a group of scholars and policy experts signed a letter to Congress expressing opposition to proposed legislative modifications to 47 U.S. Code § 230 (Section 230) as Part of the National Defense Authorization Act. Section 230 has been called the law that created Internet as we know it. Before considering any changes, we need […]

The Hill: America Could Super-Charge 5G Roll-Out: Here’s How

© istock If the COVID crisis has shown us anything, it is the importance of fast, reliable internet services to provide distance learning, e-commerce, teleconferencing, telehealth and other services. To that end, 5G is set to revolutionize communications technology for consumers and businesses. Read this op-ed in the Hill’s Congress Blog to understand How. https://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/507911-america-could-super-charge-5g-roll-out-heres-how

Principles to a Federal Response Due to COVID-19

As Congress considers a federal response to state and local budget strains caused by the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of over 30 organizations, including the American Consumer Institute, sent a letter to Congress spelling out the principles needed for such a federal response — namely, be direct, transparent, fair, and responsible. You can read the […]

ACI Joins Coalition in Opposition to Special Interest Corporate Subsidies

Today, ACI signed onto a coalition letter in opposition to the “Moving Forward Act.” The Act would renew investment/production tax credits and subsidize well-capitalized, politically connected corporations at the expense of struggling consumers. The full letter is available online.

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.

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 […]