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.

Projects and Programs

 

 


Our Priorities

Our goal is to Expand access to and improve the affordability of high-quality health care services for all Americans. 

Priorities

Access and Affordability
  • Enable greater flexibility for businesses as they offer health care coverage to their employees. 
  • Support the expansion of Association Health Plans. 
  • Adopt policies to stabilize the individual and small group markets. 
  • Improve access to meaningful cost and quality information for consumers while protecting the ability of private companies to enter into negotiated contractual arrangements. 
  • Facilitate the adoption of value-based insurance and reward high-quality providers.
Wellness, Innovation, and Value 
  • Facilitate and promote workplace wellness programs. 
  • Protect consumer safety by stopping unregulated foreign drug imports and curbing the opioid epidemic. 
  • Oppose price controls and efforts that reduce contractual flexibility in our health care system. 
  • Oppose the adoption of a single-payer, government-run health care system. 
  • Support reforms that lead to more value-based, quality-focused, and coordinated care. 

     

Our Successes

Recent Successes

Repeal the Cadillac Tax

This 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage threatened the value of health benefits for over 180 million Americans. Repeal is projected to save $197 billion over a 10-year period.

Repeal the Health Insurance Tax

The tax on health insurance raised premiums for small businesses, seniors, and millions of others. Repeal is projected to save $150.8 billion over the next decade.

Repeal the Medical Device Tax

The 2.3% tax on the sale of medical devices hurt the ability of American companies to compete and encouraged businesses to send operations and jobs overseas. Repeal is projected to save $25.5 billion over the next decade.

Improve Treatment of Chronic Conditions

IRS guidance delineated 14 specific medical care services and items as preventive care when prescribed to treat an individual diagnosed with certain chronic conditions. This delineation enables certain individuals to use Health Savings Account funds to pay for these items before the plan deductible is satisfied, which stands to lower costs for 60% of U.S. adults who have a chronic condition.

Remove Administrative Burdens Under Section 1557

Following notice and comment, regulations were revised to remove unnecessary tagline requirements, which is projected to save consumers $3.6 billion over a 5-year period.

Expand Use of Health Reimbursement Accounts

Regulations expanded the ability of employers to put aside money on a tax-free basis to help employees purchase health insurance, which provided employees with greater flexibility and choice in selecting their health care coverage.

Recent Activity

Above the FoldMay 28, 2020 - 10:30am
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Coronavirus Live Blog

The latest news and updates related to the coronavirus pandemic, tailored specifically for the business community.

Letters to CongressMay 20, 2020 - 12:00pm

Coalition Letter on Liability Relief Legislation

This Coalition letter was sent to Members of Congress on potential liability relief legislation relating to the coronavirus pandemic.

Press ReleaseApr 28, 2020 - 11:30am

American Hospitals and Health Systems, Businesses, Health Insurance Providers Unite to Ask Congress to Keep America Covered

Today, a coalition led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the American Hospital Association and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), and comprising nearly 30 other organizations, sent a letter to Congress urging swift action to protect Americans’ health care coverage in its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

Letters to CongressApr 28, 2020 - 11:30am

Coalition Letter to Congressional Leadership Urging Swift Action to Protect Americans’ Health Care Coverage

The magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis is extraordinary. It has taxed our health care system like never before, and it has stressed the economy as consumers and businesses limit commerce and adhere to social distancing to reduce the transmission of the disease. These actions have undoubtedly saved lives, but they also have cost millions of jobs – more than 26 million by the latest employment reports. Because nearly 180 million Americans get their health care coverage through their work, it is critical to ensure millions of Americans continue to have employer coverage.

EventApr 24, 2020 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Innovations: Amplifying Wellness

Innovations: Amplifying Wellness.

The program explores the burden of pain and the complications in addressing it, as well as what the future holds for employers and employees. The program will also explore how employers are adapting to the COVID-19 crisis and how the health care sector is developing strategies to combat the disease.

ReportApr 24, 2020 - 7:00am

Health Coverage Options

With millions of businesses forced to close or make staffing changes amid the coronavirus pandemic, many individuals have lost or are at risk of losing access to employer-sponsored health coverage.

EventApr 23, 2020 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Register today for Path Forward by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation

Path Forward

Featuring deep-dive conversations with a cross-sector of experts led by U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Suzanne Clark, Path Forward will air twice-weekly to explore the complex issues that must be considered as part of a responsible reopening strategy.

Above the FoldApr 09, 2020 - 8:00pm
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Global Problems, Global Solutions: How Intellectual Property Answers the Call in a Time of Crisis

Technology, strong global infrastructure, and the work of governments, business, and individuals, will help us fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Above the FoldApr 03, 2020 - 5:00pm
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New Poll Says 1 in 4 Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure

A new poll from MetLife and the U.S. Chamber found 43% of small businesses say they are 3-6 months away from permanently shutting down.

Above the FoldMar 27, 2020 - 12:30pm
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How 10 Small Businesses are Fighting Coronavirus in Creative Ways

U.S. small businesses are pivoting their operations to produce all types of personal protective equipment amid the coronavirus pandemic.