Indianapolis — The Manufacturers Association for Plastics Processors is attempting to put together a coalition of processors in an effort use combined buying power to lower health care costs.
The plan was discussed during the association's annual Benchmarking and Best Practices Conference in Indianapolis Oct. 10-12.
Troy Nix, executive director of the organization, said the response following the discussion was "absolutely crazy."
"It's going to take a little time, but I feel extremely confident that with the expertise we have assembled that we will have a very strong impacting coalition," Nix said.
During the discussion, Brian Klepper, principal of Worksite Health Advisors, and Mick Rodgers, managing partner of Axial Benefits Group, talked to the gathering of executives from processors.
Nix said MAPP tried to start a similar group in 2011 in Indiana but hit a roadblock after the rollout of the Affordable Care Act.
"It shattered a year and a half worth of work," Nix said. "Since then, I've been stewing because we failed. I think we could be doing something for our members."
Ultimately some good came from that effort: A coalition of businesses in upstate New York formed a collective to buy health insurance led by Polymer Conversions Inc. That led to lower costs and better coverage for members.
Nix said he was optimistic that new legislation recently signed by President Donald Trump would allow trade associations to help its members with health care.
"I was waiting and waiting for it," Nix said. "If you read the fine print, it doesn't do anything to help associations bulk purchase health care and transition across all 50 states."
He said since then, his team has been digging deep for options and decided to have Klepper and Rodgers speak to the group's executive board before presenting to MAPP as a group.