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

Press ReleaseMar 12, 2021 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Statement on Vaccine Leadership following the Quad Summit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following the first meeting of heads of state from the United States, Australia, India and Japan under the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (‘Quad’) framework, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement:

Above the FoldMar 04, 2021 - 12:15pm
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The Path Forward: Washington State Beats Back Virus with Public-Private Partnerships

U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined Washington Gov. Inslee to discuss the state's coronavirus vaccine plan.

Press ReleaseFeb 26, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Takes New Actions to Support and Empower Employers to Help Accelerate Vaccinations, Protect Workers, and Stop the Spread of Coronavirus

New effort with the White House to develop and expand distribution of additional employer vaccine resources

EventFeb 23, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:15pm

InSTEP: Global Risk with Ian Bremmer of Eurasia Group

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s International Affairs Division will host Eurasia Group Founder and President Ian Bremmer for a discussion of global risk in foreign policy, global trade and national security.

Letters to CongressFeb 23, 2021 - 3:45pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Pandemic Relief and the American Rescue Plan

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives, on pandemic relief and the American Rescue Plan.

Above the FoldFeb 18, 2021 - 11:00am
U.S. Chamber President Suzanne Clark discusses COVID-19 variants with Dr. Sharon Peacock of the COVID-19 Genomics U.K. Consortium and Dr. Jonathan Li of Harvard Medical School.

The Path Forward: Same, Tested Methods Work Against New COVID Variants

U.S. Chamber President and CEO-Elect Suzanne Clark joined two renowned public health experts in a conversation about coronavirus mutations.

EventFeb 16, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative in partnership with the Chamber’s Discover & Deliver campaign, invites you to Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines on Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00 PM EST.

Press ReleaseFeb 11, 2021 - 9:00am

U.S. Chamber Launches Vaccine Resource Center Connecting Businesses to Available Guidance and Resources

New platform organizes top guidance from government, non-profit and private sector sources 

Above the FoldFeb 04, 2021 - 10:15am
Nurse gives senior adult healthcare worker the Covid-19 vaccine

The Path Forward: West Virginia Governor Shares Secrets to Vaccination Success

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice spoke about the success the state has had in distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.

Letters to CongressFeb 02, 2021 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the American Rescue Plan

This Letter was sent to the President of the United States and to the Members of the United States Congress, on the Administration's "American Rescue Plan" and the Chamber's priorities for a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package.