The State All Payer Claims Databases Advisory Committee (SAPCDAC) was established in 2021. The SAPCDAC was established by Section 735 of ERISA (as added by section 115(b) of the No Surprises Act, enacted as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 (Dec. 27, 2020)). The SAPCDAC will advise the Secretary of Labor on the standardized reporting format for the voluntary reporting by group health plans to State All Payer Claims Databases, as well as guidance provided to States on the process by which States may collect such data. The SAPCDAC must submit a report that includes recommendations on the establishment of the format and guidance by June 25, 2021.
Vacancies for the Committee were announced in a Federal Register Notice.
Any interested person or organization may nominate one or more qualified individuals (self-nominations will also be accepted). Each nomination must include the following information:
- A letter of nomination that contains contact information for both the nominator and nominee (if not the same).
- A statement from the nominee that he or she is willing to serve on the Committee if appointed, will attend and participate in Committee meetings regularly, and has no conflicts of interest that would preclude Committee membership.
- The nominee should also indicate which category or categories of stakeholders designated by the statute he or she is willing to represent, along with an explanation of interest in serving on the Committee. For self-nominations, this information may be included in the nomination letter.
- A curriculum vitae that indicates the nominee’s educational experience, as well as relevant professional experience.
- Two letters of reference that support the nominee’s qualifications for participation on the Committee. For nominations other than self-nominations, a nomination letter that includes information supporting the nominee’s qualifications may be counted as one of the letters of reference. Please do not include information that you do not want publicly disclosed.
Anyone currently subject to federal registration requirements as a lobbyist is not eligible for appointment to this Committee.
Please submit nominations to SAPCDACnominations@dol.gov by March 16, 2021.
Members appointed to serve on the Committee will be those candidates determined to have the technical expertise required to meet specific statutory categories and Departmental needs and in a manner intended to ensure an appropriate balance of membership. Selection of committee membership will be consistent with achieving the greatest impact, scope, and credibility among diverse stakeholders.
Once the nomination period closes, nominations will be reviewed and nominees under consideration for appointment will be vetted. DOL will contact nominees for information on their status as registered lobbyists. Anyone currently subject to federal registration requirements as a lobbyist is not eligible for appointment to this Committee. Additionally, nominees will be evaluated in accordance with Secretary’s Order 10-2020 (85 FR 71104) to ensure they are financially independent from the Department programs and activities for which they may be called upon to provide advice. Follow-up communications with nominees may occur as necessary throughout the process. Recommendations will be submitted to the Secretary for consideration and the Secretary will appoint the Committee members.
On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published in the Federal Register their Request for SAPCDAC nominations due January 27, 2021. More information regarding the GAO’s work with health care advisory committees can be found here.