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 FoldJul 24, 2020 - 12:45pm
COVID-19 clinical trials

U.S. Innovators Taking Friendly Fire in the Pandemic Fight

The U.S. bio-pharmaceutical sector is committed to fighting COVID-19, but imposing artificial price controls could impede progress.

ArticleJul 23, 2020 - 9:30am
New York Times building in New York City.

During the Pandemic We Must Bolster Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance

Now is a time for common-sense solutions, not radical changes.

Letters to CongressJul 21, 2020 - 1:30pm

Coalition Letter on Federal Funding for COVID-19 Testing

Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Speaker Pelosi, Minority Leader Schumer and Minority LeaderMcCarthy,

Letters to CongressJul 16, 2020 - 9:45am

U.S. Chamber Letter on the Phase 4 Coronavirus Relief Legislation

This Hill letter was sent to the President of the United States Donald Trump, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

Letters to CongressJul 12, 2020 - 1:00pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on FY21 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations

This Hill letter was sent to the House Committee on Appropriations, on Fiscal Year 2021 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations.

Letters to CongressJul 02, 2020 - 3:00pm

Joint Letter: Business Leaders Call on President, VP, and NGA to Lead on Face Covering Concerns

This joint letter was sent to the President, Vice President, and Governors Hogan and Cuomo expressing concern for current face covering policies.

Above the FoldJun 01, 2020 - 10:15am
Medical research

Why Intellectual Property Protection Matters in the Time of Coronavirus

Strong intellectual property protections will be important as private industry and government work together to find a cure for COVID-19.

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.