Excise Tax on High-Cost Plans

Updates

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Article by James Gelfand, Senior Vice President of Health Policy This update is long overdue, but we’ve been busy fighting for… More

ERIC Urges Congress to Repeal the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC sent a letter to Congress urging members to pass H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which would eliminate the Cadillac tax… More

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Tomorrow, I will be testifying before the House Committee on Energy & Commerce at its hearing, No More Surprises: Protecting Patients from Surprise Medical Bills… More

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First – we will have our 3rd Thursday monthly health care strategy call TOMORROW, Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. (ET)… More

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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

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Amicus Briefs

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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

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Thank-you to the nearly half of ERIC members who took the time to complete our poll on prioritizing our list of urgent issues generated by the Cadillac Tax under the Affordable Care Act. … More

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Legislative Documents

Key Health Care Reform Legislative Documents (H.R. 3590 and H.R. 4872)

The House and Senate on March 25, 2010, approved the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (H.R. 4872), the "sidecar" reconciliation… More

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Letters to Agencies

ERIC Makes Recommendations on the 40 Percent Excise Tax

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments and recommendations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on potential rules regarding the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage… More

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Letters to Congress

ERIC Urges Congress to Repeal the Cadillac Tax

Today, ERIC sent a letter to Congress urging members to pass H.R. 748, the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019,” which would eliminate the Cadillac tax… 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 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 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

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

More than 50 Business Groups Call on Senate to Preserve Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits

More than 50 business organizations sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer urging them to protect the employer-sponsored health insurance system by repealing damaging taxes and preserving improvements to consumer-directed health options proposed in the House-passed American Health Care Act … More

ERIC Supports the “American Health Care Act”

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased to support the advancement of reconciliation measures collectively referred to as the “American Health Care Act” (AHCA), and urges action in the U.S. Senate to include full and permanent repeal of the dangerous 40 percent “Cadillac” excise tax on employer-sponsored health benefits… More

ERIC & Others Call on White House to Permanently Repeal Cadillac Tax, Not Tax Health Benefits

ERIC and 26 other associations signed on to a letter sent to the White House National Economic Council and Domestic Policy Council this afternoon urging it to call for full and permanent repeal of the 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” on health benefits and protecting the longstanding tax treatment of employer sponsored coverage… More

ERIC Supports Dr. Tom Price’s Nomination

We write to the Senate Finance Committee to share our support for the nomination of Dr. Tom Price for Health and Human Services Secretary… More

The ERISA Industry Committee Supports Repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax

ERIC submitted a letter in support of the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017,” legislation that would eliminate the devastating 40 percent excise tax on health benefits imposed by the Affordable Care Act… More

Letter to Congress Urging Repeal of Cadillac Tax

The Nation’s employers provide stable health care benefits to more than 177 million Americans – the largest source of health coverage in the country. Moreover, surveys show that employees and their families value and rely upon the health benefits their employers offer. We strongly urge you to repeal the 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” on health benefits imposed by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), and not to take additional action to cap the individual tax exclusion for employer-provided health care benefits, or limit employers’ deductibility of health care expenses… More

ERIC Submits Letter Asking House to Support Repealing 40% Excise Tax

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submits letter to the U.S. House of Representatives urging support for repeal of the excise tax, employer mandate, and the automatic enrollment mandate… More

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Press Releases

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

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 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

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

Tax Reform Must Preserve Employer-Sponsored Benefits

ERIC appreciates that the Republicans’ United Framework for Tax Reform encourages retirement security and is hopeful that as lawmakers move forward crafting legislation, they will preserve the pre-tax treatment of employer-sponsored benefits… 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

Senate Health Care Bill Will Reduce Costs for Employers and Employees

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is pleased that the Senate’s health care bill recognizes the important role employer-sponsored health insurance plays in providing health benefits to more than 178 million Americans. We appreciate the Senate’s efforts to reduce taxes that are passed on to health care purchasers and consumers, improve consumer-driven health options like Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), and prevent cost-shifting by stabilizing the individual markets… More

House Passage of the American Health Care Act is a Positive Step Forward

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) supports the U.S. House of Representatives’ passage of the American Health Care Act (AHCA). Most important to large employers is the AHCA’s repeal of the cap on the individual tax exclusion for employer-provided health benefits. The repeal was imperative to allowing employers to continue to provide high quality, robust health care benefits for employees, retirees, and their families… More

Tax Reform Can Both Improve the Economy and Protect Employer-Sponsored Benefits

The ERISA Industry Committee is pleased with President Trump’s tax reform framework, which avoids imposing dangerous taxes on employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits… More

House GOP Plan for Repealing & Replacing the Affordable Care Act Leaves Employers in Limbo

Today’s policy brief from Republicans in the United States House of Representatives was disappointing as it does nothing to clear up questions about the GOP’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act or explain how it will be paid for… More

Statement re: Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Market

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to submit a statement for the record on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), regarding the hearing on stabilizing the individual health insurance market.… More

ERIC Welcomes the Opportunity to Work with President Trump and His Administration

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) welcomes the opportunity to work with President Trump and his administration. ERIC, the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement, and compensation public policies at the federal, state, and local levels, will work with the Trump Administration to protect and support the employer-sponsored benefits system … More

The ERISA Industry Committee Supports Repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s Excise Tax

ERIC submitted a letter in support of the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2017,” legislation that would eliminate the devastating 40 percent excise tax on health benefits imposed by the Affordable Care Act… More

With Failing Exchanges, Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Growing

Today’s release of the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET) 2016 Employer Health Benefits Survey highlights the growing importance of employer-sponsored health insurance plans… More

Health Care & Retirement Report Card for President’s Budget:  Needs Improvement

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is disappointed President Obama did not use his 2017 fiscal year budget to promote important proposals that would allow the employer-provided health and retirement benefits system to grow… More

ERIC Responds to President’s Veto to Repeal Parts of the Affordable Care Act

As the only national trade association advocating solely for the employee benefit and compensation interests of the country's largest employers, ERIC is dedicated to working with lawmakers to remove the burdensome and crippling effects of the 40 percent excise tax… More

ERIC Makes Recommendations on the 40 Percent Excise Tax

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) submitted comments and recommendations to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on potential rules regarding the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent excise tax on employer-sponsored health coverage… More

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Testimony

Statement re: Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Stabilizing the Individual Health Insurance Market

Chairman Alexander, Ranking Member Murray and members of the Committee, thank you for this opportunity to submit a statement for the record on behalf of The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC), regarding the hearing on stabilizing the individual health insurance market.… More

ERIC Highlights Importance of Employer-Sponsored Health Plans Before Congress

ERIC today submitted written testimony to the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions of the Education and the Workforce Committee regarding the tax treatment of health care and the important role that employers serve in providing health care coverage to workers and their families… More

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