• President's retirement proposals send mixed message

    "Retirement savings policy need not be a 'zero sum game.' Restricting savings for some workers does not help others achieve retirement security," said American Benefits Council President James A. Klein, commenting on the so-called "retirement savings cap" unveiled by the White House in advance of the State of the Union address.

    The Council is concerned about the potential impact of the president's proposals. See the Council's January 19 news release for more.

  • Changing 'full-time work' definition among needed PPACA improvements

    The Council is urging enactment of legislation to change the definition of "full-time" work under PPACA from 30 to 40 hours per week, as part of a broader effort to make the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) less burdensome for employer sponsors of health coverage.

    In a recent letter to the U.S. House of Representatives, the Council also recommends additional modifications to the employer shared responsibility provisions to minimize administrative burdens on employers. See the Council's January 20 news release for more details.

  • Council unveils "A 2020 Vision"

    On September 23, 2014, the Council released A 2020 Vision: Flexibility and the Future of Employee Benefits, a public policy strategic plan setting forth the Council’s goals and priorities for improving the employer-sponsored benefits system.

    The plan and additional materials are available at www.americanbenefitscouncil.org/2020.

  • For members only: Benefits Blueprint summary of PPACA 40% Excise Tax

    Now available on the Council website for members only is a Benefits Blueprint reviewing the statutory requirements on the 40 percent excise tax imposed on high-cost health coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). A companion document, with answers to certain "Frequently Asked Questions" regarding the excise tax, is also now available.

    Working with the Administration and Congress to reduce the impact of the excise tax on employers remains a top priority for the Council.

  • Dow testifies before Senate HELP Committee:

    Employer-sponsored wellness plans essential for achieving healthy communities, economy

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