Health Care


Ninety-seven percent of NAM members provide health care benefits to their employees, and believe it is critical to preserve what’s working in our current health care system while addressing the inefficiencies and problems that cost manufacturing in the United States billions of dollars a year. The NAM and its members are extensively involved in implementation of the Affordable Care Act with the goal of promoting health care reform that reduces out-of-control costs and improves patients’ access to care.

To drive down costs in the long term and extend manufacturers’ health care coverage, the NAM supports regulatory implementation that includes a focus on preventative care, proper use of health information technology and alignment of incentives so that successful outcomes are rewarded.

Employee Benefits Tax


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Manufacturers Seek Flexible Health Care Options to Reduce Costs

Health care spending continues to be one of the top issues for manufacturers and small businesses. Insurance premiums have risen for many firms, and provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have exacerbated such increases for some businesses, particularly small and medium-sized entities. Despite such frustrations with pricing pressures, manufacturers see the benefits of offering health care options to their employees.

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Press Releases

  • 06/22/2016
    Rising Health Care Costs Continue to Challenge Manufacturers
    NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued a statement after the House Republican Task Force on Health Care Reform released a white paper to improve and update our health care system.
  • 12/30/2015
    2015: A Year of Historic Victories for Manufacturers
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after a year of historic victories for America’s manufacturers and job creators.
  • 12/18/2015
    Timmons: This Is an Historic Victory for Our Country
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after Congress passed historic spending legislation with many key manufacturing priorities including significant business tax relief, an end to the ban on crude oil exports, a two-year delay of the Cadillac tax, a repeal of onerous Country-of-Origin labeling requirements and new rules to ease the public–private exchange of cybersecurity information.