Improving on the system: the chamber works to engage members in health care reform.

Position:Health Care Initiatives

There are several ways to consider the term "health care"--cost of insurance, quality of care and access to care are some of the most pressing concerns to small business owners.


The Chamber has long played a role in recognizing the importance of health care in the Detroit Region, as well as the need to control costs and nurture the industry as a vital sector to the economy. Below is a look at some of the initiatives the Chamber has been involved in over the past year.

Testifying for individual health insurance reform

Chamber Executive Vice President Ed Wolking testified in Lansing before the legislature about individual insurance market reform. The legislation, known as Individual Health insurance Reform, changes outdated regulations in Michigan's individual insurance market and helps stabilize it as more individuals seek to purchase insurance on their own. The legislation would protect consumers by preventing drastic renewal premium increases for those who develop medical conditions, and ensure fair pricing and competition among insurers. The legislation would also create more health care options for consumers by increasing competition among insurers, establishing uniform pricing practices for insurers, and setting some limits on renewal rates.

Announced at the 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference

The Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC), in a collaborative effort with Detroit Renaissance (DR) and the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) is forming a SFM Regional Health Care Collaborative to facilitate regional progress on health care issues and opportunities. The approach will focus on achieving regional and sustained accomplishments on four focus areas: 1) health care quality and cost, 2) access, primary care and the uninsured, 3) health care/business forum, and 4) medical education and research and the economic development of southeastern Michigan as a health care destination, and life sciences center.

"This is an opportunity to align southeastern Michigan with national strategies and trends to further transform health care and the regional economy," said Vernice Davis Anthony, president and CEO, Greater Detroit Area Health Council. "As we further the work of initiatives like GDAHC Save Lives Save Dollars, the integrated leadership and participation of the business community in health care is crucial to long-term and sustained momentum and progress."

As a result of the Regional Health Care Collaboration, a Business...

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