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

Letters to CongressMar 16, 2020 - 8:30am

Letter to U.S. Government Leaders on Coronavirus Response

The Administration and Congress are in the process of providing meaningful support for employees in the form of paid sick and family leave and streamlined availability of unemployment benefits. The Chamber supports these efforts. Now, the Chamber calls on the Administration and Congress to take critical steps to support America’s employers during this period.

Letters to CongressMar 13, 2020 - 11:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on Coronavirus Legislation to Support American Workers and Their Families

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on a legislative package intended to help American workers and their families weather the coronavirus pandemic.

Letters to CongressMar 12, 2020 - 12:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Legislation to Address the Coronavirus Pandemic

This Hill letter was sent to the Members of the United States Congress, on legislation to address the coronavirus pandemic.

Press ReleaseMar 06, 2020 - 1:45pm

U.S. Chamber Creates Task Forces to help Businesses Mitigate Impact of Coronavirus and Reiterates Call for “Facts Over Fear”

WASHINGTON, D.C. —Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching four new task forces to prepare business for any potential long-term economic impacts of the coronavirus.

Letters to CongressMar 04, 2020 - 3:15pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on H.R. 6074, the "Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020"

This Hill letter was sent to the members of the United States Congress, supporting H.R. 6074, the "Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020."

Press ReleaseFeb 26, 2020 - 3:30pm

U.S. Chamber Strongly Supports Coronavirus Czar, Data-Based Guidance to Protect Public Health and Limit Economic Impact

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. government’s response to the Coronavirus.

Letters to CongressFeb 14, 2020 - 11:00am

U.S. Chamber Letter Supporting S. 3129, the "Lower Costs, More Cures Act of 2019"

This Hill letter was sent to Senator Mike Crapo and to Members of the United States Senate, supporting S. 3129, the "Lower Costs, More Cures Act of 2019."

Above the FoldFeb 04, 2020 - 1:15pm
2019 State of the Union

What Does the Business Community Want to Hear in the State of the Union?

They’ll be looking for sound, pro-business policies that will spur growth and job creation and support workers with rising wages.

CommentFeb 01, 2020 - 11:00am

Comments to CMS on the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation

February 1, 2020 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Department of Health and Human Services