Committees


Health Care Cost and Policy Committee

Purpose/Mission

AIM’s Health Care Cost and Policy Committee was established to address the most pressing cost issue facing Massachusetts employers. The members include representatives from the health care industry and business community who work collaboratively on issues that affect the cost of health care.

Benefits and Why Members Engage

  • Membership in the Committee is an effective way for AIM members to gain a deeper understanding of the market landscape in Massachusetts as it responds to federal and state regulations and consumer demands.
  • The Committee will continue to advocate for employer-friendly state and federal policies while encouraging AIM members to become more engaged in efforts to control their individual health-care costs, including developing and implementing robust wellness programs and utilizing cost and quality transparency tools.
  • The ongoing agenda includes:
    • Reconciling federal health care reform with Massachusetts health care reform.
    • Monitoring the ongoing implementation of the Massachusetts health-care cost containment law, which set a target to control the growth of health costs consistent with the growth of the Commonwealth’s economy.
    • Educating employers and employees about strategies to manage health insurance costs.
    • The Committee has hosted several industry experts to speak to employers:
      • David Seltz, Executive Director of the Health Policy Commission, discussed the role of the Commission in overseeing and regulating health care quality and cost.
      • Kate Nordahl, The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, reviewed employer responsibilities under the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer responsibilities.
      • Michael Caljouw, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, reviewed the impact of eliminating the state’s rating factors as required by the ACA.
      • Tom O’Brien, former Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Attorney General’s Health Care Division, and Courtney Aladro, Assistant Attorney General, Health Care Division, discussed the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Examination of Health Care Cost Trends and Cost Drivers Report.
    • The Committee also helped AIM’s government affairs team to support successfully a number of state policy changes that have impacted employers, including:
      • Extension of the federal allowance for small group rating factors.
      • Elimination of the fair share assessment under the 2006 state health care reform.
      • Elimination of the Section 125 requirement for non-benefit eligible employees.

Who Should Be A Member?

Committee members include a wide range of representatives from the business community and health care industry who work collaboratively on issues that affect the cost of health care. Our membership comprises business owners, senior executives, and corporate government affairs professionals focused on the health care industry.

To learn more about the Committee, contact Vasundhra at VSanger@aimnet.org.

Vasundhra Sangar

Associate Vice President of Government Affairs

VSanger@aimnet.org

Healthcare & Workforce Development

HR-Labor Law Committee

Purpose/Mission

  • AIM provides members with a strong voice on Beacon Hill. AIM identifies issues and works with members to address those public policy issues.  Members are a key factor in shaping AIM’s public policy position and ultimately the Massachusetts HR-Labor Law policy landscape to encourage a positive business climate and greater business investment in the Commonwealth.  AIM will draft legislation, public statements and actively lobby the issue wherever it goes in state government.

Benefits & Why Members Should Engage

  • Members receive immediate notice and timely analysis of key legislative and regulatory issues that affect all employers. The group also forms ad hoc task forces of thought leaders to actively address specific HR issue areas.
  • Members also benefit from access to key policy makers and resources for employers concerned about HR-Labor Law Policies. Members typically say that they have access to information far in advance of the general public.
  • Members work with AIM to engage public policy leaders in direct meetings, letters to the editor, company tours, guest bloggers on AIM Business Insider Blog and partner with members on various types of programs to educate the business and public policy leaders about specific issues.
  • Members have access to key staff and can call, email or Tweet at any time regarding questions or concerns regarding public policy matters.

Members 

  • The HR-Labor Law Committee is comprised of CEO’s, senior executives, in-house counsel, HR managers, attorneys and corporate government affairs professionals focused on HR-Labor Law policy.  AIM actively works with contract lobbyists that are also AIM members regarding HR-Labor Law policy matters outside the committee meetings with AIM members.
  • AIM represents multinational “brand name” corporations to sole proprietorships. AIM member companies employ one out of every five workers in Massachusetts and represent almost every sector of the economy.

To learn more about the Committee contact Brad MacDougall, VP of Government Affairs at 617-262-1180 or bmacdougall@aimnet.org

BRAD MACDOUGALL

Senior Vice President Government Affairs

bmacdougall@aimnet.org

Taxation, Employment Law, Business Regulations

Energy Committee

Purpose/Mission

  • AIM’s Energy Committee provides the association with strategic guidance in the development and advancement of AIM’s public policy agenda and helps us formulate response to public policy arguments that raise the cost of energy in Massachusetts. The Committee will focus on both electricity and energy supply, such as natural gas and renewable power.
  • The Committee communicates regularly through email and usually holds up to two scheduled meetings per year. Members receive immediate notice and timely analysis of key legislative and regulatory issues that affect all employers.

Benefits and Why Members Should Engage

  • The Committee will operate as an educational forum with members educating other members on best practices in energy procurement, energy efficiency and renewable power
  • This group will participate in legislative, regulatory and administrative areas and may form ad hoc task forces to actively address specific energy issues. Activities will include:
    • Identify and analyzes legislative and regulatory and administrative issues impacting energy supply energy cost and the competitive market.
    • Receives timely updates throughout the legislative session
    • As needed provides public testimony, blogs, letters to the editor
    • Actively engages with legislators and policy makers
    • Seeks and develops educational opportunities for other AIM members

Members

  • The Energy Committee is comprised of Plant Managers, competitive suppliers, energy managers, renewable power suppliers, attorneys and business executives from every sector of the Massachusetts economy and are among this very diverse and active group of AIM members.

Committee Leadership

  • AIM energy Committee is chaired by Mary Smith, Manager, Energy Supply and Utility Administration, Harvard University
  • Robert Rio, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs leads AIMs energy Committee. Bob does advocacy work on behalf of the organization’s more than 3,500 member companies. In this capacity, Mr. Rio is responsible for all energy, environmental, chemical or product legislation, regulation and ballot questions. Bob’s work includes both regulatory and legislative efforts.

Key Energy Issues

  • AIM’s Energy Committee will operate under five guiding principles:
  • When possible, all government policies around electricity supply should complement and enhance the free market competition that has been the law of the land since 1997 when Massachusetts restructured its electricity market. Otherwise, government policies should have as their primary goal securing energy sources at the lowest possible cost to consumers.
  • Electric and natural gas rates should be fair and account for cost of services across rate classes.
  • Insuring adequate and cost-competitive supply of energy is a priority as it is crucial to the economy of Massachusetts
  • All renewable power and clean energy should be treated equally with the most cost-effective being pursued first
  • All ratepayer money, including funding for energy efficiency, should be transparent and spent wisely to get the biggest bang for the buck in the way of environmental benefits.

Below is a sampling of what AIM has focused on in the energy area that directly affects job creation and business competitiveness. Such issues include:

  • Supported competitive long-term contract bidding for renewable power and clean energy that resulted in projects being built with virtually no impact on rate costs.
  • Opposed renewable projects such as Cape Wind that are politically influenced and bypass the competitive process.
  • Supported a rate class allocation for electric and gas users that makes every class pay their fair share without unnecessary cross subsidies.
  • Supported energy efficiency programs that have returned hundreds of millions of dollars to our members in the form of rebates for energy efficiency programs.

Do you want to join this committee?

Contact Robert A. Rio by email at rrio@aimnet.org or at 617-262-1180 to learn more about the issues and how you can stay engaged with the Energy Committee.

If you are not an AIM member yet, please contact Bob Paine at 617-262-1180 or rpaine@aimnet.org.

BOB RIO

Senior Vice President, Esq.

Government Affairs

rrio@aimnet.org

Energy, Environment, Sustainability

Taxation Committee

Purpose/Mission 

  • AIM provides members with a strong voice on Beacon Hill. AIM identifies issues and works with members to address those public policy issues. Members are a key factor in shaping AIM’s public policy position and ultimately the Massachusetts tax policy landscape to encourage a positive business climate and greater business investment in the Commonwealth. AIM will draft legislation, public statements and actively lobby the issue wherever it goes in state government.

Benefits & Why Members Should Engage 

  • This committee drives AIM’s advocacy priorities and seeks ways to address complex tax policy issues. AIM members focus on legislative and regulatory issues affecting taxation of businesses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Members receive timely legislative updates, access to policy makers and resources for employers concerned about taxes.
  • AIM closely monitors and engages legislators of the Joint Committee on Revenue and activities related to the annual state budget process, which often contain tax policy matters.
  • The committee assists AIM in developing its pro-business legislative agenda. AIM members actively engage with active policy issues impacting the business climate.
  • The Committee meets throughout the year and hosts public officials in the tax arena, such as the Chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue, who addresses the group on current tax legislation or other relevant matters in addition to key policy makers from the executive and branches including the Commissioner of Revenue to update us on what is happening at the Department of Revenue including new TIRs, regulations, status of tax revenue collections, and trends.

Members

  • AIM’s Taxation Committee meets throughout the year to engage in all topics impacting taxation and economic competitiveness for Massachusetts.  AIM members interact with industry peers and key policy makers from the executive branch, the Department of Revenue and the Joint Committee on Revenue.  AIM’s members help identify and provide feedback towards establishing AIM’s legislative and regulatory priorities.
  • AIM represents multinational, “brand name” corporations to sole proprietorships. AIM member companies employ one out of every five workers in Massachusetts and represent almost every sector of the economy.

 

To learn more about the Committee contact Brad MacDougall, VP of Government Affairs at 617-262-1180 or bmacdougall@aimnet.org

BRAD MACDOUGALL

Senior Vice President Government Affairs

bmacdougall@aimnet.org

Taxation, Employment Law, Business Regulations