ERIC Press Statement
For Immediate Release: June 28, 2012
Washington, D.C. -- Statement by ERIC President and CEO Scott Macey on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision Upholding the Constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act:
“With the legal uncertainty surrounding the Affordable Care Act now settled, ERIC urges policymakers to continue focusing on cost containment that does not simply result in artificial cost reductions and the shifting of costs from one payer to another.
“ERIC’s members are committed to, and known for, providing high quality affordable health care for their employees and their families. Employers, however, do not have unlimited resources to spend on health care. The ACA included some provisions that may assist in bending the cost curve, but we believe more can be done, while also improving the quality and delivery of health care, as this remains of utmost importance among employers and individuals alike.
“ERIC also urges the regulatory agencies to issue much-needed guidance on the various provisions that are set to take effect in 2013 and 2014, and to further clarify some of the provisions that have already become effective. Of particular concern regarding upcoming provisions is receiving guidance on the employer shared-responsibility provisions; whether health coverage under an eligible employer-sponsored plan provides ‘minimum value’; determining whether an employee is a full-time or part-time worker; and on the requirements for automatic enrollment in an employer’s health plan. It is vital for employers to receive immediate guidance on these issues in order to begin preparations to assure compliance when these provisions take effect.”
ERIC staff is available for press interviews on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. To set up an interview, contact Ted Godbout either by phone or the email address listed below.
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The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is a non-profit association committed to representing the advancement of the employee retirement, health, and compensation plans of America's largest employers. ERIC's members provide benchmark retirement, health care coverage, compensation, and other economic security benefits directly to tens of millions of active and retired workers and their families. ERIC has a strong interest in proposals affecting its members' ability to deliver those benefits, their cost and their effectiveness, as well as the role of those benefits in the American economy.