Take action now to stop HB 184

Mar 23, 2019

This Tuesday, legislators in the House Health Committee will vote on HB184 – a bad bill that will cost taxpayers and State Health Plan members more than $1 million per day if it’s enacted. 

HB 184 was written at the behest of hospital lobbyists to stop Treasurer Dale Folwell from moving forward with SEANC-supported reforms to the State Health Plan. Our initiative – the Clear Pricing Project – will save Plan members $57 million every year in reduced out-of-pocket expenses. It will also save taxpayers more than $258 million annually.

Hospitals want to delay these important reforms, and HB 184 would block Treasurer Folwell from implementing the Clear Pricing Project in 2020. Even though the State Health Plan Board of Trustees unanimously approved the Clear Pricing Project last year, hospitals want the General Assembly to “study” the issue for two years. That’s code for “let the hospitals keep overcharging for care while we prevent the Treasurer from doing the job he was elected to do.”

We need you to take action now to save your health plan! We have listed three easy ways for you act right now and again on Tuesday at the legislature to tell lawmakers that HB184 is a bad bill for state employees and retirees. We will provide transportation from the SEANC office to downtown. If you are able to come, please click here to let us know. If you are unable to come in person, you can still take action by contacting your legislator. Tell your legislator to put working families first and vote NO on HB184 quickly and easily through our Voter Voice system.