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.

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

Projects and Programs

Recent Activity

ReportMay 09, 2019 - 10:30am

GPE May Quarterly Update

Global Policy Engagement Quarterly Update for May 2019

Above the FoldApr 30, 2019 - 9:15am
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Medicare for All Builds a Risky Contraption on a Cracking Foundation

Policymakers should fix the foundation first, before pondering additional risky reforms.

Above the FoldApr 29, 2019 - 9:00am
A stethoscope on American currency

AHPs Are Key to Valuable Health Coverage

At the U.S. Chamber, we believe in removing barriers that stand between Americans and affordable health coverage.

EventApr 29, 2019 - 8:30am to 2:00pm

Innovations: Redesigning Wellness

The U.S. Chamber’s annual wellness event will highlight cutting-edge workplace and community initiatives, with a focus on holistic health, the importance of immunization, and how technology is reshaping benefit design. The event will also address the linkage between health and performance in the workplace.

Letters to CongressApr 12, 2019 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting a Repeal of the Medical Device Tax

This letter was sent to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting H.R. 2207, a bill to repeal the tax on medical devices.

Letters to CongressApr 09, 2019 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Opposing S. 61, “Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019”

This letter was sent to the United States Senate, opposing S. 61, the “Safe and Affordable Drugs from Canada Act of 2019.”

CommentApr 08, 2019 - 12:00pm

Comments to HHS Opposing Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates

This letter was submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services, supporting the removal of safe harbor protection for rebates involving prescription pharmaceuticals and creation of new safe harbor protections for certain point-of-sale reductions in price on prescription pharmaceuticals and certain pharmacy benefit manager service fees.

Press ReleaseApr 03, 2019 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Decries Recent Decision and Supports New Association Health Plans to Broaden Coverage

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today expressed disappointment about the recent decision from the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia which found two core provisions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Association Health Plan (AHP) Final Rule unlawful.

Above the FoldApr 03, 2019 - 1:00pm
A doctor examines a patient in an exam room in Silver Spring, Md.

Health Insurance for Thousands of Americans is at Risk Because of a Disappointing Court Decision

The U.S. Chamber will continue to work to support this policy in the courts.

Above the FoldApr 01, 2019 - 9:00am
$1 trillion is the estimated cost of the opioid crisis on the U.S. economy.

Businesses on the Frontlines in the Fight Against Opioid Misuse

In 2017 alone, we lost more than 47,000 Americans to opioid overdose.