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The Bipartisan Policy Center is intensifying its efforts to serve as a resource to policymakers and to develop effective and politically viable solutions to our nation’s health care challenges. BPC has convened a bipartisan group of leading national health policy experts to identify a path forward for a consensus approach to improving health care in the United States.   

This effort is co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Bill Frist; BPC senior advisor and former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Andy Slavitt; and senior fellow, Project Hope and former administrator of the Health Care Financing Administration Gail Wilensky. They are collaborating with BPC’s team of health policy experts which includes: Sheila Burke, BPC fellow and strategic advisor, Baker Donelson; Jim Capretta, resident fellow, Milton Friedman chair, American Enterprise Institute; Chris Jennings, BPC fellow and founder and president, Jennings Policy Strategies; Cindy Mann, partner, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and former director of the Center for Medicaid; Alice Rivlin, senior fellow, Center for Health Policy, The Brookings Institution, and former director of the Office of Management and Budget; and Avik Roy, BPC senior advisor and co-founder and president, Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity. 

The bipartisan group of experts is traveling across the country, convening leaders in the health care sector, engaging public dialogue through private and public educational events, and serving as a resource to policymakers and business leaders as they wrestle with health care reforms impacting their activities and the people they serve.

BPC’s work will build upon a series of common themes that have animated both parties’ health care proposals, such as: 

  • Policies that promote stable private insurance markets and include pre-existing condition protections
  • Value-based benefit designs that incentivize delivery of medically appropriate care
  • Reforms that increase the efficiency of service delivery through appropriate combinations of both public and private incentives while improving the nation’s long-term fiscal position
  • Approaches to affordability that do not over-subsidize higher-income Americans or under-subsidize lower-income Americans
  • Medicaid policies that expand administrative flexibility without creating financial risk for states, the federal government, or the beneficiaries of the program

BPC is hosting a public education series designed to help policymakers gain a common understanding of the underlying challenges in health care and considerations for reform. Past and future events include:

BPC will also host a series of roundtable discussions outside of Washington in order to gain an understanding of the needs of those that deliver, pay for, and access health care. Roundtables will be held across the country with state leaders, health system and health insurers CEOs with a focus on health care delivery and payment reform and the role of plans and providers in their communities.

This effort builds on BPC’s robust heath care work that began in 2007 under the leadership of its founders, former Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell.


Health Affairs Blog Series

This five-part BPC and Health Affairs Blog series examines current issues and care models in the delivery system reform effort. Each post is jointly authored by Democratic and Republican health policy leaders that work on BPC’s Future of Health Care Initiative. 

Improving and reforming our health care delivery system is not a partisan issue. The need to improve health care delivery models, as a means for ensuring better patient outcomes and a more efficient health care system, enjoys broader consensus than elements surrounding health insurance coverage and financing. It is important for Congress, the Trump administration, and the health care industry to continue bipartisan efforts to shift our health care delivery system and provider payment models toward value-based care.

Preserving The Bipartisan Commitment To Health Care Delivery System Reform
By Alice M. Rivlin and Sheila Burke
CMS Should Continue Innovating Health Care Payment And Delivery
By Gail R. Wilensky and Andy Slavitt
For Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions, Improving Care Will Be A Bipartisan Effort
By Thomas Daschle and Bill Frist
The Private Sector Can Lead in Delivery System and Payment Reform
By Chris Jennings and James C. Capretta
Finding Common Ground On Medicaid Reform For Dual Eligibles
By Cindy Mann and Avik Roy

Press Releases

 

Affordable Care Act Advocates and Critics Agree on Health Care Recommendations
August 2017

BPC Applauds Move Toward Bipartisan Health Reform

August 2017

Statement by BPC’s Future of Health Care Experts on Senate’s Unsuccessful Health Care Vote
July 2017

CSRs Should Be Addressed Before Congressional Recess
July 2017

BPC Health Policy Experts Urge Congress to Extend CSR Subsidies by Mid-August
July 2017

It’s Time to Set Aside Party Politics and Find Common Ground
June 2017

BPC Announces New Health System Executive Council to Advise on Health Policy
June 2017

BPC’s Next Steps for Improving Health Care in America
May 2017

BPC Health Policy Experts Call for Extension of Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies
April 2017

BPC Hosts National Effort to Find Common Ground on Health Care Reform
March 2017

BPC to Host Educational Series on Evaluating Treatment Options for Patients
March 2017


Other Resources

Bill Frist & Andy Slavitt: Five bipartisan steps toward stabilizing our health-care system
September 2017

Future of Health Care: Bipartisan Policies and Recommendations
August 2017

BPC Comment Letter on Affordable Care Act Regulatory Burdens and Market Stability
July 2017

Improving Care of High-Need, High-Cost Medicare Patients
April 2017

Preserving CHIP and Other Safety-Net Programs
March 2017

Future of Health Care: Federal Budgets and State Choices
February 2017

Challenges and Opportunities in Caring for High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Preliminary Findings and Recommendations
February 2017

Initial Recommendations to Improve the Financing of Long-Term Care
February 2016 (Final Report July 2017)

Improving Care for Patients Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
September 2016

The Role and Future of the Children’s Health Insurance Program
March 2015

Improving and Expanding Health Insurance Coverage through State Flexibility
December 2015

America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: Challenges in Financing and Delivery
April 2014

Transitioning from Volume to Value: Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Payment Models 5-part series
August 2014 – July 2015

A Bipartisan Rx for Patient-Centered Care and System-Wide Cost Containment
April 2013

What Is Driving U.S. Health Care Spending? America’s Unsustainable Health Care Cost Growth
September 2012

Health Insurance Design Choices: Issues and Options for Change
December 2008

Crossing Our Lines
June 2009