AHC Applauds Introduction of Trade Promotion Authority Legislation

Washington, D.C. (April 16, 2015) –The Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness (AHC) today commended the bipartisan introduction of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation.

“TPA is essential to enable our trade negotiators’ overall success, and is particularly vital to addressing existing barriers to the free flow of U.S. healthcare goods, technology and services,” said Claude Fontheim, President, Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness. “TPA represents a critical framework for ensuring that the U.S. trade agenda is robust and ambitious, and will pave the way for important trade agreements that improve access to life-saving medical goods and services for millions of patients while creating jobs and growing the economy in the U.S. and the world,” Fontheim added.

The TPA legislation introduced today addresses areas that are of particular importance to the healthcare sector, such as non-tariff barriers to U.S. goods and services, restrictions on cross-border data flows and investment, fair competition with state-owned enterprises, and other measures that raise international standards and create a level playing field for the U.S. The legislation also includes enhanced procedures to ensure public input and Congressional oversight on U.S. trade negotiations, and will be a vital tool as Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations continue.

As a coalition of leading healthcare manufacturers, payers, service providers and non-profits that represent the entire health ecosystem, AHC supports the elimination of a wide range of outdated barriers to healthcare goods and services. Tackling these barriers will help deliver the best technologies to meet the health needs of our growing population and expand access to therapeutic advances to patients in need. AHC applauds this important step forward in creating opportunities for the U.S. healthcare industry to share its remarkable life-saving products and services with patients around the world.

About the Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness

The Alliance for Healthcare Competitiveness (AHC), the only coalition calling for more open trade at the health sector level, advocates for improved access to healthcare products and services across borders, bringing together a diverse group of organizations that recognize the value of sector-wide collaboration and partnership. Our membership includes leading healthcare employers – both for-profit and non-profit, large and small – with a presence throughout the United States and in approximately 160 countries across the globe. AHC was formed in 2009.

 

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