MMA ’ s Manufacturing Agenda 19
Policy principles to support a competitive manufacturing sector . Michigan must :
■ Help employers control health care costs .
■ Encourage innovation and flexibility in plan design .
■ Resist interference in private contracts , price fixing and artificial constraints on the health care market .
■ Avoid the temptation to mandate health insurance coverage for medically unnecessary procedures .
Specific Actions for Leaders :
■ Continue the cost-saving state policy of only authorizing new medical facilities and services when approved by the Certificate of Need Commission .
■ Prevent future tax increases by defending the repeal of the Health Insurance Claims Act ( HICA ) tax .
■ Reject legislation mandating health care coverage that reduces ability to provide flexible coverage to meet the needs of various employers and employees .
■ Support free-market principles and protect the intellectual property rights of stakeholders in the health care market .
■ Encourage policies that allow employers and health insurers the flexibility to design plans that address potential post-COVID medical services .
■ Guard against efforts to implement anticompetitive and discriminatory regulations on pharmaceutical manufacturers .
■ Protect manufacturers ’ intellectual property by limiting state-mandated reports on pharmaceutical formulas and pricing equations .
Cumulative % Change Since December 2007 in Health Care Prices and DDP Deflator
Health care prices DDP Deflator
24 % 22 % 20 % 18 % 16 % 14 % 12 % 10 % 8 % 6 % 4 % 2 % 0 %
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 Source : Altarum analysis of monthly BLS price data and monthly GDPD mimfg . org
David Q . Worthams MMA Director of Human Resource Policy worthams @ mimfg . org 517-487-8511