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Updates

protected content ACA tax delay and HSA bills pass House, Rx gag clause bill advances, Possible Senate opioids action,

I hope you are all having a good week. Congress has been surprisingly busy on health care lately, and ERIC has been very much in the mix. This email will analyze some of this recent activity and look at likely scenarios going forward… More

protected content “Health Week” vs “Employer Week,” Rx Battle, Biosimilars Plan, and More!

According to sources on Capitol Hill, next week the House of Representatives will vote on a number of health-related bills. They have not revealed exactly what those bills will be, but we do have some information… 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

protected content Draft Rx RFI Comments, HSA Markup Noticed

I just wanted to share that the House Ways and Means Committee officially announced their HSA markup. Here's the lineup. If you look at my update from last week, we were pretty spot-on in terms of predictions… More

protected content PBM vs. Employers? HSA markup next week, ESRD threat rising, and more

Reported in Politico Thursday morning, one of the Big Three PBMs sent this letter to Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar. The letter was in response to Azar suggesting that PBMs do not want lower list prices for drugs, and in it, the PBM says they do in fact want lower list prices – but the letter focuses mostly on out-of-pocket costs… More

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ERIC Surveys

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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Letters to Agencies

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

ERIC Comments to HHS on ACA Regulatory Reforms

The ERISA Industry Committee (“ERIC”) is pleased to comment on the request for information by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on June 8, 2017, concerning regulatory actions within HHS jurisdiction that could be taken to reduce the burdens of the ACA… More

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Letters to Congress

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

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

Health Reform: A Chance to Get it Right

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging it to use health care reform as a vehicle to improve consumer-driven options for Americans, reduce health care taxes, and improve public sector programs to focus on value… 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

protected content President’s Speech, Repeal & Replace Updates, Dialysis in the Crosshairs, and More

It’s also been a rather wild one in Washington. We’ve had Senator Randy Paul (R-KY) on his quest to find the “secret bill” to repeal and replace the ACA, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) interrupting hearings to defend the secrecy, and a whole lot of accusations relating to Russia, wire-tapping, slush funds, and other shenanigans… More

protected content Exclusion Cap Options, Sign-On Letters, HSA Legislation, and More

Congress is away from DC this week, busy getting brigaded at town hall events. ERIC is continuing our work to shape coming legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), to engage with the new Administration as it continues to staff up, and to represent your interests before the federal agencies as well as Congress… 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

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Press Releases

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

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

The DOL Must Modernize: How Old Rules Are Hurting Benefit Plans & Participants

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans about streamlining and eliminating unnecessary disclosure requirements placed on health and retirement plan sponsors… More

Health Reform: A Chance to Get it Right

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today submitted a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging it to use health care reform as a vehicle to improve consumer-driven options for Americans, reduce health care taxes, and improve public sector programs to focus on value… 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

Business Groups Urge Administration to Accelerate Market-Based Health Care Reforms

A national partnership led by two business organizations representing Fortune 500 companies, the Pacific Business Group on Health and The ERISA Industry Committee, announced today the DRIVE Health Initiative, a campaign to accelerate economic growth by controlling health costs and improving quality through the rapid adoption of value-based health care… 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

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Testimony

The DOL Must Modernize: How Old Rules Are Hurting Benefit Plans & Participants

The ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) today testified before the Department of Labor’s (DOL) ERISA Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans about streamlining and eliminating unnecessary disclosure requirements placed on health and retirement plan sponsors… More

ERIC Testimony on the Health Plan Identifier

The ERISA Industry Committee (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, calls on the NCVHS to recommend that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) immediately halt the implementation of the HPID requirements and clarify that an HPID will not be required for HIPAA standard transaction purposes or for any other regulatory purpose, and that any new requirements should not be applied in the employer-sponsored self-insured group health plan market… 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

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