Ninety-seven percent of manufacturers in the U.S. provide health care benefits to their employees, and understand how crucial affordable and accessible health care is to the well-being of American workers and families.
Unfortunately, rising health care costs and premiums are making it extremely expensive and unmanageable for employers to provide health coverage to employees. In fact, manufacturers named rising health care/insurance costs as their primary business challenge in the National Association of Manufacturers’ Third Quarter 2016 Outlook Survey.
Unfortunately, affordable access to health care is especially difficult for those with one or more chronic diseases. In the United States, chronic diseases and the health risk behaviors that cause them account for 86 percent of our nation’s health care costs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In order to manage costs, we can’t ignore this issue.
Regardless of who wins the White House or takes control of Congress in November, serious health care reforms will be necessary. The government must work toward decreasing the fees, taxes, reporting requirements, and other policies that make it more expensive than necessary for employers to provide health coverage to employees. Manufacturers need expanded and flexible coverage options to maintain a healthy workforce and provide competitive benefits.
A renewed focus on breaking down barriers to accessible health care and fighting skyrocketing health insurance premiums are crucial to the success and health of manufacturers, employees, and American families.