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Health Care

In many ways, U.S. health care is the envy of the world—it has helped many individuals live longer than ever and enjoy a better quality of life than previously possible. However, we continue to face the challenge of making quality health care more affordable, more accessible, and more reliable for all Americans. The Chamber is focused on promoting effective private sector solutions to our health care challenges that will help control costs, expand access, and improve the quality of care.

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Our Position

Our country's health care system has many strengths: tremendous medical innovation, cutting edge technology and drugs, and world-leading medical institutions. Nevertheless, there are huge variations in quality, cost, and access to care within our system. American patients are increasingly suffering from costly and often deadly chronic diseases that are many times preventable. And even though the United States pays more for health care than any other nation, we aren't getting our money's worth when you consider health outcomes and efficiency of care.

Over five years after the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), further reforms are needed to achieve lower costs, innovative and high-quality care, and better health for all Americans.

The Chamber is working to achieve greater value in health care, measured by more affordable coverage options and improved access to higher-quality and prevention-oriented care. Many of these solutions are being pioneered in the private sector, as America's employers implement innovative reforms in health care and wellness. By prioritizing efforts to improve the employer-sponsored health care system--which  covers millions of Americans--we will use these solutions to drive system-wide changes that can lead to better population health and sustainable health care costs.
 
The Chamber's health care priorities include:

  • Advancing successful ideas from the private sector that reduce costs, advance quality, and improve health
  • Promoting reforms that provide relief to employers and employees as the ACA is implemented including:
    • Reducing the harm of the employer mandate by restoring the 40-hour work week;
    • Repealing taxes that increase premiums and cost jobs such as the 40% excise tax, medical device tax, and the health insurance tax; and
    • Improving flexibility for tax-preferred accounts that encourage careful health care spending like FSAs, HSAs, and HRAs
  • Raising awareness of the positive effects of wellness and chronic disease management programs in the workplace to improve health and productivity
  • Expanding access to coverage and services by strengthening the employer-sponsored system

Take Action

  • Prepare your small business for the employer mandate and other major provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) with these educational resources including a penalty calculator, a coverage or penalty chart, and more.
     
  • Organize a wellness program for your workplace with the Chamber’s Workplace Wellness Toolkit. Nearly 169 million Americans health insurance through their employer. As the largest purchaser of health care, employers of all sizes are uniquely situated to provide leadership in finding solutions and exerting transformative change.
     
  • Subscribe to the Health Care RSS feed to receive the latest health care insight and analysis from the U.S. Chamber's Above the Fold.

Stand Up for Meaningful Health Care Reform

Under Obamacare, millions of American workers and businesses are burdened with unaffordable costs and onerous requirements that threaten job creation and national growth. And while we’ve had some success to reform the misguided law, the fight is far from over.

Add your name to tell the Administration and the Congress to enact meaningful health care reform.

 

 

Timeline

The latest updates across all U.S. Chamber properties

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Comment

On August 9, 2016, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce submitted comments in response to the Internal Revenue Service's proposed rule on Expatriate Health Plans, Expatriate Health Plan Insurers, and Qualified Expatriates; Expected Benefits, Lifetime and Annual Limits; Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance that were issued by the Department of Treasury, the Department of Labor, and the Department of Health and Human Services. 

 

August 9, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016 - 2:15pm
Report

 

4th Annual Health Care Summit: Optimizing the Next Generation of Health Care

On October 2, 2015, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation hosted the 4th Annual Health Care Summit emphasizing the private sector’s role in optimizing the next generation of health care. The event highlighted emerging trends in the American health care system to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs. 

Monday, August 8, 2016 - 2:30pm
Letter

This letter regarding the FY17 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill was sent to all Members of the House Committee on Appropriations.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 8:30am
Letter

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 1270, the "Restoring Access to Medication Act of 2015," which would repeal the limitation on the use of funds from certain tax-preferred accounts for purchasing over-the-counter medicines as well as enhance the current rules on the use of Health Savings Accounts.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 2:30pm
Press Release

‘Whitepaper will generate welcome discussion about the problems and benefits of the health care law,’ says Josten

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten issued the following statement today on the House Republicans’ health care reform package:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 1:45pm
Letter

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 5447, the "Small Business Health Care Relief Act", which would restore the ability of small businesses to offer stand-along Health Reimbursement Arrangements to their employees without being pernalized.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 4:45pm
Letter

This letter was sent to Senators Charles Grassley and Heidi Heitkamp in support of S. 3060, the "Small Business Health Care Relief Act", which would restore the ability of small businesses to offer stand-alone Health Reimbursement Arrangements to their employees without being penalized.

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 3:45pm