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

LetterSep 12, 2018 - 3:45pm

H.R. 6, "Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018"

This letter was sent to the U.S. Senate on H.R. 6, the "Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018."

Above the FoldAug 30, 2018 - 2:00pm
Health insurance illustration: calculator, money, syringe, pills, bills.

Quick Take: Your Primer on the Health Insurance Tax

Many Americans will face a $20.3 billion tax hike starting in January 2020 if nothing is done.

LetterAug 06, 2018 - 2:15pm

S. 3057, "Synthetic Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018"

This letter was sent to Sen. Rob Portman in support of S. 3057, the "Synthetic Trafficking and Overdose Prevention Act of 2018."

LetterJul 24, 2018 - 3:00pm

Key Vote Alert! - H.R. 184, H.R. 6311, and H.R. 6199

This Key Vote Alert! letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in support of H.R. 184, H.R. 6311, and H.R. 6199.

LetterJul 11, 2018 - 10:45am

House Ways and Means Committee Markup

This letter was sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee ahead of a markup this afternoon.

Above the FoldJun 25, 2018 - 9:00am
AHPs

A Health Care Victory for Small Businesses

The Chamber applauds the administration for its new rule expanding Association Health Plans (AHPs).

Press ReleaseJun 19, 2018 - 12:45pm

U.S. Chamber Applauds Expansion of Association Health Plans

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President for Health Policy Katie Mahoney released the following statement on the administration’s announcement expanding association health plans (AHP):

Above the FoldJun 13, 2018 - 4:30pm
Pills and pill bottle of oxycodone.

Quick Take: Your Primer on Opioid Week in the House

Opioid abuse and addiction has become a nation-wide epidemic. More than 300,000 Americans have died from opioid overdoses since 2000.

LetterJun 12, 2018 - 5:30pm

Legislation to Address the Opioid Crisis

This letter was sent to all members of the U.S. House of Representatives in regards to the opioid crisis.

Above the FoldMay 16, 2018 - 3:15pm
Combating the opioid crisis

We’re Committed to Combating Opioid Abuse

Such a wide-reaching problem requires all of us to do our part.