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 FoldAug 11, 2021 - 12:00pm
Mother holding a baby.

What Can Be Done to Address Maternal Healthcare Disparities?

Private and public sector leaders discussed remedies to address these disparities.

Above the FoldJul 22, 2021 - 5:15pm
 Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Jose Romero sits down with U.S. Chamber President and CEO Suzanne Clark. 

The Path Forward: Unvaccinated Far More Likely to be Hospitalized as Delta Variant Spreads

This week’s Path Forward event featured a discussion about the safety of COVID vaccines and the spread of the Delta variant.

Above the FoldJun 25, 2021 - 9:45am
U.S. Chamber President & CEO Suzanne Clark sits down virtually with WHO's Dr. Michael Ryan

The Path Forward: WHO Expert Says Pandemic Is Not Over

This week’s Path Forward event featured Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO, on why the pandemic is not over.

Above the FoldApr 30, 2021 - 11:00am
Path forward week of April 26

The Path Forward: Coronavirus Surge in India and School Reopening Successes in the US

This event focused on the American business community’s response to the devastating surge of coronavirus in India and school reopenings.

Above the FoldApr 29, 2021 - 12:30pm
U.S.-Israel

Expanding U.S.-Israel Partnerships in Health Innovation

Learn more about the U.S.-Israel Business Council's bilateral health innovation dialogue.

Above the FoldApr 16, 2021 - 1:45pm
Dr. Nicole Shaffer, Director of Occupational Health and Wellness at Pfizer joins the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Path Forward event

The Path Forward: Helping Employees Get Vaccinated

This week’s Path Forward event focused on companies’ various strategies for encouraging employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Above the FoldApr 12, 2021 - 11:00am
 Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, medical director of the Special Pathogens Unit at Boston Medical Center joins the U.S. Chamber Foundation's Path Forward: Ask Me Anything series.

The Path Forward: Expert Panelists Answer Your COVID-19 Questions

A group of five experts hosted live “Ask Me Anything” sessions answering questions about COVID-19.

Above the FoldMar 18, 2021 - 12:45pm
Elderly gentleman receiving vaccine from nurse

The Path Forward: Preparing for the Next Pandemic

This week’s Path Forward event highlighted the need for the private sector and governments to work together to prevent future pandemics.

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.