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Updates

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

protected content Caddy, Surprise Billing, Rx Affordability Proposal

Today we will discuss: (1) Cadillac tax update, (2) House E&C Committee releases surprise billing legislative draft, (3) Senators introduce bill mandating coinsurance be based on net price, (4) FDA finalizes interchangeability guidance, (5) 43 states sue generic manufacturers for price fixing, (6) CAHC releases Rx affordability proposal… More

protected content Surprise Billing, Caddy Tax, EEOC, Rx Bills

We have a few brief updates for you this week related to (1) White House Surprise Billing Event; (2) House Votes on Two Drug Pricing Bills; and (3) Janet Dhillon is Confirmed as EEOC Commissioner… More

protected content Coalition Letter Submitted to on Massachusetts EMAC; Win in the House

As we’ve alerted you to previously, the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, but there is some concern that it may be extended… More

protected content Surprise Billing FAQ, Rx Bill Scores, PBM P&T Committees

I have a brief update for you today on: (1) Surprise Billing, (2) Rx Pricing Bills Pass through Judiciary Committee, and (3) Public Scrutiny of PBM Advisory Committees’ Role in Rx Pricing… More

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Amicus Briefs

protected content Rx rebate mayhem, Amicus filed in 5th Circuit, New caddy data, and more!

Yesterday, the Administration announced its proposed rule to lower prescription drug prices and out-of-pocket costs “by encouraging manufacturers to pass discounts directly on to patients and bringing new transparency to prescription drug markets” … More

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ERIC Surveys

protected content Survey on Balance Billing

ERIC surveyed members to learn where they stand on balance billing proposals, and whether they might support turning the tables and instead placing requirements on the providers who are sending these balance bills to patients… More

protected content 2018 Member Policy Priorities Surveys

ERIC surveyed members on their federal health and retirement policy priorities, as well as their state policy priorities for 2018… More

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Judicial Documents

ERIC Remains Confident in Lawsuit Against the City of Seattle

ERIC continues to be confident in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle and believes that the City’s latest arguments to dismiss the lawsuit will be rejected by the court… More

protected content Update on ERIC’s Seattle Litigation

In August 2018, ERIC brought a lawsuit seeking to invalidate, based on preemption under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, Seattle’s ordinance and implementing rules that require the payment of additional compensation to hotel employees unless the hotel employer provides a specified level of health insurance benefits at a low contribution level for the employee… More

ERIC Asks Court to Rule in Favor of ERISA

ERIC filed a motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle. In the motion ERIC argues that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law that enables employers to administer health and retirement benefits uniformly across the country, preempts Part 3 of the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative… More

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Letters to Agencies

protected content Coalition Letter Submitted to on Massachusetts EMAC; Win in the House

As we’ve alerted you to previously, the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution is scheduled to sunset at the end of this year, but there is some concern that it may be extended… More

protected content Alert: ERIC Signs Letter on Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution Supplement Tax

want to provide a brief update on the Massachusetts Employer Medical Assistance Contribution supplement tax (EMAC)… More

ERIC Responds to RFI on Grandfathered Health Plans

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased to submit these comments in response to a recently-issued request for information (RFI) on grandfathered health plans… More

ERIC Submits Comments on North Dakota’s Reinsurance Program

On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), thank you for accepting input from interested stakeholders as you explore ways to stabilize North Dakota’s individual health insurance market through a reinsurance program… More

protected content ERIC: Wellness Rule Vacated, House Moves ACA Tax Delay, Final HRA Comments, and More!

Today we will discuss: (1) EEOC signals the end of their current ADA & GINA wellness rules, (2) House moves tax vehicle with ACA tax delays, (3) ERIC files comment letter on proposed HRA rule, (4) Judge says ACA is unconstitutional, but leaves it in place (5) ERIC comments on Administration’s 1332 waiver speed-dating proposal (6) Air ambulance – ERIC needs volunteers for a federal advisory board, (7) Ding, dong, HPID is dead, (8) Surprise billing – ERIC develops joint principles with employer, consumer groups… More

ERIC Submits Comments on Proposal to Expand Health Reimbursement Arrangements

ERIC submitted comments on the Trump Administration’s proposal to expand and facilitate access to Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) and other account-based plans… More

ERIC Submits Comments to CMS on 1332 Waivers

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased to submit these comments in response to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of the Treasury (Treasury) guidance related to section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementing regulations, published in the Federal Register on October 24, 2018… More

ERIC Submits Comments to HHS on the President’s “American Patients First” Blueprint

Today, ERIC submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in response to its Request for Information related to the HHS Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs… More

Employer Groups Call for Suspension of Tax Assessments and Repeal of the Employer Mandate

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) joined a number of employer trade associations to call upon the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service to end the illegal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate… More

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Letters to Congress

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

protected content ERIC Works with U.S. Senate on Solutions to Reduce Health Care Costs

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative, regulatory, or subregulatory solutions for reducing health care costs… More

ERIC Supports Legislation to Delay Cadillac Tax

This week, the House is expected to vote on H.R. 3798, the “Save American Workers Act of 2018.” The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) urges you to support this legislation. ERIC is the only national trade association that advocates exclusively for federal, state, and local public policies that support large employers sponsoring health, retirement, and compensation plans… More

ERIC Praises House Ways & Means Committee Before Health Care Hearing

ERIC joins others in thanking the House Ways and Means Committee for holding a hearing on expanding consumer-driven health plan options… More

ERIC Supports the Upcoming Continuing Resolution

Dear Member of Congress, On behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), we write today to urge you to support the upcoming Continuing… More

ERIC Sends Letter to Congress Calling for Delay of the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC submitted a joint letter, with 36 business groups, calling on Congress to delay the Cadillac tax.… More

protected content HHS Nominee Hearing Coming, End-of-Year Health Care Legislation, HSA Action, and More

On November 29 at 9:30am, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee will hold a hearing on Alex Azar’s nomination to be Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Committee hearing is a “courtesy hearing”—it will not be a vote on Azar’s nomination (the Senate Finance Committee is the one that will have to report Azar out to the Senate floor). Azar’s nomination to fill the vacancy left by Secretary Tom Price was announced on November 13 by President Trump… More

ERIC Applauds Call for Elimination of Onerous Health Care Taxes

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) opening statement at today’s Senate Finance Committee’s meeting, where he called for the elimination of the health insurance tax (HIT) on fully insured health plans and the 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance… More

ERIC Teams with Business Groups to Ask Congress to Protect Employer-Sponsored Health Care

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), along with a robust group of other trade associations representing employers, sent a letter to members of Congress expressing support for legislation that continues funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also asking that the 178 million Americans who receive health insurance through their employer be provided relief from the ACA… More

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Press Releases

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

ERIC Outlines Top Health Priorities for Congress in New Letter

ERIC submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate, Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on specific legislative solutions for reducing health care costs… More

ERIC Advises Federal Agencies on 1332 Waiver Evaluations

ERIC submitted comments related to Section 1332 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of the Treasury urging the federal government to be vigilant to ensure that state activity does not violate the federal law that governs employer health benefit plans… More

ERIC Files Final Brief in Lawsuit Against Seattle

ERIC has filed its final brief in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle seeking to halt enforcement of the City’s health coverage mandate because it requires, uniquely for Seattle, a specified level of health plan benefits and precludes uniform health plan administration… More

ERIC Remains Confident in Lawsuit Against the City of Seattle

ERIC continues to be confident in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle and believes that the City’s latest arguments to dismiss the lawsuit will be rejected by the court… More

ERIC Asks Court to Rule in Favor of ERISA

ERIC filed a motion for summary judgment in our lawsuit against the City of Seattle. In the motion ERIC argues that the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), the federal law that enables employers to administer health and retirement benefits uniformly across the country, preempts Part 3 of the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative… More

ERIC Confident in Lawsuit Against the City of Seattle

The City of Seattle’s request to dismiss ERIC’s lawsuit against it, will not stop ERIC from fighting the health coverage and payment mandates in Part 3 of the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative… More

U.S. House of Representatives Should Vote Yes to Delay Cadillac Tax

ERIC sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging lawmakers to vote yes on H.R. 3798, the “Save American Workers Act of 2018.”… More

ERIC and Seattle Agree to Temporary Exemption in Wake of Lawsuit

ERIC is pleased the City of Seattle has agreed to a temporary non-enforcement of the health coverage and payment mandates in Part 3 of the Seattle Hotel Employees Health and Safety Initiative - SMC 14.25 … More

ERIC Urges Michigan Governor to Repeal Tax on Health Care Claims

In place since 2012, the one percent tax on health insurance claims (of both insured and self-insured plans) was paid by plan administrators for medical services rendered in the state to Michigan residents. ERIC had long held that the tax violated a provision of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which pre-empts state and local laws that relate to employee benefit plans… More

Employer Groups Call for Suspension of Tax Assessments and Repeal of the Employer Mandate

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) joined a number of employer trade associations to call upon the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Internal Revenue Service to end the illegal enforcement of the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate… More

ERIC Victory: Congress Delays Cadillac Tax Until 2022

Today marks a victory for ERIC. Nine years ago, ERIC began its fight against the 40 percent ‘Cadillac’ excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance, and strongly supported the 2-year delay contained in the Continuing Resolution… More

ERIC Looks Forward to Working with DOL to Combat Regulatory Burdens

As we begin 2018, The ERISA Industry Committee looks forward to working with leadership at the Department of Labor (DOL), including newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of Labor for the Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA), Preston Rutledge, to combat the regulatory burdens imposed on companies that sponsor employee benefit plans… More

It’s Official: Sufficient Support in U.S. House of Representatives to Completely Repeal Cadillac Tax

The ERISA Industry Committee (applauds Representatives Mike Kelly (R-PA) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) for reaching a critical milestone on their legislation, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017” (H.R.173). The bill, which would fully repeal the 40 percent ‘Cadillac’ excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance, is now cosponsored by more than half of all House members, meaning that if it were brought up for a vote, it is virtually guaranteed to pass. An amendment completely repealing the Cadillac tax was passed in the Senate earlier this year… More

ERIC Applauds Call for Elimination of Onerous Health Care Taxes

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) applauds Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-Utah) opening statement at today’s Senate Finance Committee’s meeting, where he called for the elimination of the health insurance tax (HIT) on fully insured health plans and the 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance… More

ERIC Teams with Business Groups to Ask Congress to Protect Employer-Sponsored Health Care

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), along with a robust group of other trade associations representing employers, sent a letter to members of Congress expressing support for legislation that continues funding for the cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but also asking that the 178 million Americans who receive health insurance through their employer be provided relief from the ACA… More

Senate Misses Opportunity to Protect and Improve Health Care

The United States Senate last night missed an extraordinary and historic opportunity to begin fixing our nation’s broken health care system by reducing damaging taxes, empowering patients with improved consumer-driven health options, and stabilizing the individual markets, many of which may currently be in a death spiral… More

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Testimony

ERIC Takes Fight on Surprise Medical Billing to Capitol Hill

ERIC today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Health Subcommittee in a “Hearing on Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills”… More

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