Press Releases

The American Worker in Crisis: Study Finds 83% of US Employees Are Experiencing Mental Health Issues

BURLINGAME, CA and WASHINGTON – July 23, 2020 – Lyra Health, a leading provider of innovative mental health benefits for employers, and the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), today announced findings from a study of more than 1,200 US-based employees who receive health insurance through their employer. Click title above for complete release.

What Do Employers and Other Healthcare Purchasers Really Want?

OAKLAND, CA and WASHINGTON – July 22, 2020 – Employers and other healthcare purchasers and America’s leading medical groups are collaborating to find solutions to fix the fragmented U.S. healthcare delivery system. Click title above for complete release.

IVI Announces Grant to National Health Council, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions to Improve Value Assessment

ALEXANDRIA, VA – July 20, 2020 – The Innovation and Value Initiative (IVI), a non-profit research organization dedicated to improving the science and practice of value assessment, announced today it is awarding a grant to the National Health Council (NHC) and the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) to help improve value assessment approaches that better reflect the needs of patients and employers. Click title above for complete release.

Mental Health Index – US Worker Edition – June 2020
June Brings Some Mental Health Relief for U.S. Workers; But Risk for Mental Health Conditions Remains High

SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON – July 17, 2020 – According to the Mental Health Index by Total Brain, the number of employed adults at risk for mental health conditions remained alarmingly elevated when comparing February, pre-pandemic, with June. Click title above for complete release.

Family Physicians and Employer Coalitions Partner to Address Sustainability and Effectiveness of Primary Care to Improve Health and Wellbeing of All Americans

WASHINGTON – July 15, 2020 – The primary care system in the United States is collapsing due to decades of underinvestment, a poorly designed financing structure and a crushing set of administrative functions. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) believe that collectively we can do better. These two national organizations representing family physicians and employers are collaborating to change how care is paid for and delivered to ensure comprehensive, continuous and coordinated advanced primary care for the more than 150 million Americans with employer-sponsored insurance.

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Elects New Board Officers

WASHINGTON – July 2, 2020 – The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions announced its slate of new officers for the Board of Governors. Officers are elected by their board peers based on proven leadership and commitment to the National Alliance, as well as their efforts to advance and strengthen value-based purchasing strategies.

Working Women Bear Emotion Brunt of COVID-19; Anxiety Driving Poor Workplace Performance According to Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions joins Total Brain and One Mind at Work to bring national mental health benchmark to business leaders nationwide


SAN FRANCISCO and WASHINGTON – June 16, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe, the emotional and cognitive toll on Americans remains ever present; but for working women, the impacts are greater. According to the May Mental Health Index: U.S. Worker Edition, anxiety levels for working women have increased 52% since February versus 29% for their male counterparts. Further, women’s level of depressed mood has increased 83% versus 36% for men. Women are also at a greater risk than men for general anxiety disorder (98% vs. 67%) and depression (177% vs.134%).

Sharecare and National Alliance Partner to Connect Employers and Communities to Improve Health and Well-being across US

Collaboration sets new standard for private-public partnership to help employers impact the communities where their employees live, work and play


WASHINGTON and ATLANTA – May 20, 2020 – The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, a non-profit dedicated to driving innovation, health and value across the country, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced a partnership designed to help employers develop data-driven strategies to positively impact the well-being of their employees and families and the broader communities in which they live, work and play.

America is Looking to Safely Get Back to Work

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions survey of 200+ employers across country found 88% have COVID-19 return to work task force in place


WASHINGTON – May 18, 2020 – US employers are making plans to ensure their employees can safely return to work with 90% considering a phased re-entry and 88% having a multi-disciplinary task force in place. These are among the findings of a survey from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) conducted to support regional coalitions and employers and benchmark re-opening strategies in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Path Forward Releases Guidance for Employers and Health Plans in Anticipation of COVID-19 Mental Health and Substance Use “Second Wave”

Specific recommendations raise bar for behavioral care provided by telehealth, primary care and specialists


WASHINGTON – May 4, 2020 – Rates of suicide and drug-related deaths were at record levels before the global tsunami of COVID-19, and this crisis has only exacerbated the problem. In fact, experts warn of a “second wave” that will manifest with a shock to our mental health and wellbeing that will be just as serious as the coronavirus pandemic itself. To help reduce the impending impact on all Americans, The Path Forward for Mental Health and Substance Use has released new guidance for employers, providers, health plans and other stakeholders. 

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Identifies Employer Strategies and Seven Key Attributes to Advanced Primary Care that Drives Value and Improves Health

 Comprehensive assessment offers employers strategies to optimize the delivery of care to their workforces

WASHINGTON – April 27, 2020 – Over the last few decades primary care has suffered due to misalignment in how primary care practices are paid, lack of care coordination and access issues. Essential to helping people stay healthy and manage chronic conditions, this has compromised the ability of the provider to treat the whole person rather than just the presenting condition. To better understand which practices and strategies drive superior value to improve outcomes and mitigate costs within a primary care practice, the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) released a comprehensive assessment for employers and other plan sponsors. 

Employers Mobilizing Benefits and Policy Changes in Light of COVID-19 National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions releases survey results from 256 employers across country


WASHINGTON – March 30, 2020 – As the coronavirus disrupts lives and businesses around the world, employers are mobilizing to support their employees and community efforts related to COVID-19 testing, treatment and social distancing. Their approaches are not universal, with significant variations among organizations and across industries. This is among the findings of a survey from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) conducted to help employers understand and benchmark the handling of COVID-19 from a benefits and policy perspective.

Employer Survey Finds Improved Health and Affordable Care are Priorities and Lagging Confidence that this is Achieved through Benefits


WASHINGTON and OAKLAND, CA – March 10, 2020 – US employers can have significant impact in shaping the care, health and wellbeing of their workers and family members given that almost 60% of working-age Americans are covered by employer-based health insurance. According to a recent survey of 200 benefits managers conducted by the Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI) in partnership with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance), some employers are already playing that role in the design of their medical, pharmacy, disability, wellbeing, absence and other health benefits.


Drug and Hospital Prices, "Medicare for All" Among Greatest Threats to Employer-Sponsored Coverage Per National Alliance Purchaser Poll


Two out of three respondents were open to a Medicare public option

WASHINGTON – Feb. 20, 2020 –
Employers who sponsor health benefits for millions of Americans face rising healthcare costs and the uncertainty of pending surprise medical billing and drug pricing legislation and the presidential election. As a result, almost 34% of purchasers indicated that a Medicare public option could be a helpful reform for their employer health and wellbeing strategies, while another 29% were neutral. These are among the findings of an employer survey conducted by the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance).


Arbitration is not the Answer; National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions Urges Congress to Solve Surprise Medical Billing Crisis

WASHINGTON – Feb. 11, 2020 –
This is a critical week for the millions of Americans still receiving bankrupting surprise medical bills and the employers who sponsor health benefits for their workers and families. The National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, a non-profit whose members represent more than 12,000 employers and 45 million Americans, urges legislators to advance a fair, reasonable, local market-based approach to resolve billing disputes.

National Alliance Releases Findings on Employer Perspectives and Recommendations to Curb the High Cost of Drugs


60% of employers indicated that drug and medical spending is costly and unsustainable


WASHINGTON – Jan. 8, 2020 – Faced with increasing prescription drug costs over the last several years, employers have been challenged with finding the best approach to this complex issue. The most common strategy used to manage these expenses has been group purchasing (currently 40%). Leading strategies that will be considered in the future are fully transparent pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) (55%), outcomes-based contracting (48%), reference-based pricing (44%) and custom exclusions from drug formulary (38%).