Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers has launched a national television and digital advertising campaign urging lawmakers to stand up for manufacturers that make lifesaving medicines, including the COVID-19 vaccines that are now getting us back to work safely, by opposing H.R. 3 and its foreign-styled price setting on critical pharmaceuticals.
The campaign calls on members of Congress from both parties to oppose policies that would slow our private-sector research engine in its tracks and diminish America’s ability to rapidly develop lifesaving cures by leaving us less prepared to respond to future crises and more reliant on other nations.
“We learned the hard way during the pandemic that we cannot rely on others to protect our nation’s health. Congress must stand up for its innovators and manufacturers whose medicines and treatments keep us healthy. They should oppose H.R. 3 and its top-down government-led controls that would undermine our ability to respond to our health care needs and develop lifesaving cures. When COVID-19 attacked, manufacturers delivered the vaccines that are now putting Americans back to work safely, reopening our economy and letting us get back to the moments we miss. Now is not the time to weaken our ability to respond to the next crisis or abandon American values of free enterprise. We are calling on members of Congress to stand with manufacturers and oppose H.R. 3,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
This new television and digital advertising campaign is running in media markets across the nation and follows NAM efforts to oppose drug price controls that have included numerous television, radio and print advertisements featured in nationwide outlets. To view the ad, click here.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.3 million men and women, contributes $2.35 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 63% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
ANN ARBOR, MICH. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced today that it will offer an association health plan to its members, extending affordable health care to small and medium-sized manufacturing companies and member associations in approved states. In states where the association health plan is not available, the NAM will connect manufacturers with available small-group options in their state.
“This association health plan is another step in our work to make the NAM a one-stop shop for manufacturing across the United States,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “With small and medium-sized businesses making up more than 90 percent of our membership, this plan will help provide health care and reduce uncertainty for workers and their employers across the country.”
The plan, called NAM Health Care (www.namhealthcare.com), was developed to meet manufacturers’ unique health care needs. It will offer a portfolio of health benefits options insured by UnitedHealthcare. In states where these plans are available, businesses with 2 to 99 employees will be able to choose from a variety of PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) and HSA (Health Savings Account) health plans. Members will also have access to UnitedHealthcare’s Choice Plus care provider network of more than 1.2 million physicians and care professionals and 6,500 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. UnitedHealthcare will work with any licensed or appointed agents who want to sell NAM Health Care.
In addition, Mercer will provide the NAM’s small business members with consulting services regarding health benefits offerings and contribution strategies, marketing support to educate and enroll their employees, plan administration and compliance services. The Mercer Affinity 365+sm platform will provide members technology for quoting, enrollment and ongoing benefits administration to drive cost efficiencies and facilitate employee engagement.
Association health plans allow companies to band together to manage and purchase health care coverage that may save on annual health insurance costs by providing plans that are typically enjoyed by larger companies at a competitive price. Under NAM Health Care, eligible member companies also will have access to supplemental benefits, including dental, vision and life.
“The work that manufacturers are doing every day grows the economy and strengthens our country, and they deserve the health care they need to do that job with certainty and support,” said Timmons. “At the NAM, we are proud to help lower costs and increase competitive health coverage for the men and women who make things in America.”
NAM Health Care is quoting these plans for eligible member groups for a Sept. 1, 2019, enrollment date. To enroll in these plans, where available, interested businesses may visit www.namhealthcare.com.