LEGISLATIVE PRIORITY

Health Care

Issue Expert

Jason O’Rouke

Vice President of Public Policy & Federal Affairs
Georgia Chamber of Commerce

jorouke@gachamber.com

Background

Legislative mandates increase the cost of health plans by up to 45 percent, eliminate innovation and flexibility in plan design, dissuade employers from providing this voluntary benefit and hinder employee participation. To ensure that Georgia employers can continue to be the primary providers of cost-effective and valuable health care benefits to their employees.  The Chamber believes strategies to address the uninsured in Georgia must be targeted based on the diverse groups of individuals who make up the uninsured, such as those who can afford insurance but choose not to purchase it, those who cannot afford insurance without assistance, and those who are uninsurable in the individual market due to their medical condition or past medical history.

The Chamber supports:

  • Maintaining employers’ flexibility in determining how to best meet the needs of their employees and retirees.
  • Ensuring the viability of critical access hospitals in all areas of the state through improving access and affordability.
  • Efforts to eliminate the many legislative mandates currently imposed on health plans and to remove artificial barriers that restrict competition.
  • Enhancing consumer-driven health plans (HSAs, HRAs, FSAs, etc.), that offer quality and price transparent options making them more flexible and appealing to consumers and plan sponsors.
  • Expanding coverage options for employers and employees through a privately managed health insurance exchange governed by market principles rather than restriction or duplicative regulation.
  • Voluntary prevention and wellness initiatives that create cost savings for employers, employees and providers.
  • Providing Georgians, employers and providers with access to timely, accurate, appropriate, uniform and user-friendly information on the quality and cost of their health care.
  • Efforts to stabilize and enhance the critically underfunded State trauma care network.

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Position

The Chamber believes strategies to address the uninsured in Georgia must be targeted based on the diverse groups of individuals who make up the uninsured, such as those who can afford insurance but choose not to purchase it, those who cannot afford insurance without assistance, and those who are uninsurable in the individual market due to their medical condition or past medical history.

Key Priorities

  • Ensure the viability of our statewide health system through improving access and affordability.
  • Promote cost containment with respect to employer-sponsored health insurance.

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