POLICY ASSOCIATION POLICY The Association of Chief Human Resource Officers ASSOCIATION

The Association of Senior Human Resource Executives

December 8, 2009 Dear Senators: HR Policy Association writes in support of The Freshman Value and Innovation Package amendment to H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Even though we believe more could and should be done in this area, we believe the proposals in the amendment are a step in the right direction to help improve transparency and efficiency and contain costs within our nation’s health care system. HR Policy Association represents the human resource officers of nearly 300 of the largest private sector employers in the United States. Their companies employ more than ten million Americans, and each year they and their employees spend more than $75 billion purchasing health care. As such, they have a keen interest and will be deeply affected by the outcome of the health care reform debate. HR Policy Association supports health reform that will lead to a sustainable, high quality health care system that provides coverage for all Americans while ensuring U.S. employers remain competitive. Our members have been pleased that major health reform bills in Congress include measures to improve efficiency and contain costs; however, employers are concerned that current bills as written do not address these issues at a pace and scope that would bend the cost curve of health spending downwards in the United States. Your amendment would broaden those efforts and accelerate the implementation of critical provisions in the bill by improving quality and value through delivery system reform, promoting transparency and competition, and strengthening Medicare fraud detection and enforcement. We look forward to working with you to ensure that the important measures included in your amendment remain in a final health reform bill as well as working to include other important transparency and cost containment elements in a final package. Sincerely,

Jeff McGuiness President & CEO Cc: Senator Mark Warner Senator Jeff Merkley Senator Mark Begich Senator Mark Udall Senator Tom Udall Senator Michael Bennet Senator Jeanne Shaheen Senator Roland Burris Senator Paul Kirk Senator Edward Kaufman Senator Kay Hagan

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