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The Council regularly provides intelligence and analysis to its members and offers policy expertise to lawmakers and the general public.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Senate Unveils ACA Repeal-and-Replace 'Discussion Draft': Delays 'Cadillac Tax,' Expands State Waivers
Senate Unveils ACA Repeal-and-Replace 'Discussion Draft': Measure Delays 'Cadillac Tax,' Expands State Waivers
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Better Care Reconciliation Act (Discussion Draft)
The long-awaited Senate measure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was released on June 22 in draft form, kicking off what is expected to be an intense negotiation among Republicans in advance of a final vote prior to the July 4 holiday. The Senate discussion draft, The Better Care Reconciliation Act, retains much of the framework of the American Health Care Act (AHCA, H.R. 1628) that was narrowly approved by the U.S. House of Representatives on May 4.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Senate Budget Committee Section-by-Section Summary of the Discussion Draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act
Senate Budget Committee Section-by-Section Summary of the Discussion Draft of the Better Care Reconciliation Act
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215)
The Protecting Access to Care Act (H.R. 1215), sponsored by Representative Steve King, would help combat frivolous lawsuits by imposing a stronger statute of limitations for claims and capping jury awards of noneconomic damages.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Treasury Department RFI Regarding Review of Existing Regulations
The Trump Administration continued its initiative to reduce regulatory burdens with the June 14 issuance of a request for information (RFI) on U.S. Treasury Department regulations that can be "eliminated, modified, or streamlined in order to reduce burdens."
Monday, June 12, 2017
HHS/CMS Request for Information Regarding Reducing Regulatory Burdens Imposed by Affordable Care Act & Improving Healthcare Choices
In a formal request for information (RFI) released on June 8, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), under the Trump Administration, is soliciting recommendations for reducing regulatory burdens and improving health insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Friday, June 9, 2017
Group Letter to Senate Opposing 'Cadillac Tax,' Cap on Employee Tax Exclusion
On June 9, a collection of more than 50 trade associations sent a letter to the U.S. Senate voicing strong opposition to the ACA's 40 percent "Cadillac Tax," and the imposition of new taxes on employee health care benefits.
Friday, June 9, 2017
Benefits Briefing Presentation: Musings of a Fiduciary (Maybe)
The American Benefits Council will host a webinar on Friday, June 9, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, to discuss the key considerations for retirement plan sponsors in light of the official compliance deadline for the "fiduciary rule" extending ERISA fiduciary status to a wide array of investment advice relationships, as well as the ongoing regulatory review of the rule.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Official One-Page Fact Sheet of the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823)
Official One-Page Summary of the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823)
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823)
Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN), member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, and Rep. Peter Roskam (R-IL), chairman of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy, today introduced the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823). The legislation would protect access to affordable retirement advice by overturning the Obama administration's fiduciary rule while ensuring retirement advisors serve the best interests of their clients.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Official Two-Page Summary of the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823)
Official Two-Page Summary of the Affordable Retirement Advice for Savers Act (H.R. 2823)
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act (S.1321)
On June 8, Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) introduced the Affordable Retirement Advice Protection Act (S.1321), a measure that would block the DOL's final rule and implement an alternative fiduciary standard requiring advisors to serve in their clients' "best interests." The new fiduciary standard includes requirements for communications between advisors and clients (including certain disclosures of compensation).
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Council Outlines Ten Principles for National Retirement Savings Policy
Council Outlines Ten Principles for National Retirement Savings Policy
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
National retirement policy essential to help employees, families achieve financial security
WASHINGTON, DC – "Even in today's challenging political environment, stakeholders and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that Americans need to save more for their retirement. Businesses serve as the engine of savings – and our investment economy – by sponsoring retirement plans for more than 90 million active employees nationwide," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today.
Monday, June 5, 2017
401(k) Fast Facts
401(k) Fast Facts
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thought Leadership Competition Information Flyer
Thought Leadership Competition information packet
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
June 9 Applicability Date of Fiduciary Rule Will Not Be Delayed
June 9 Applicability Date of Fiduciary Rule Will Not Be Delayed
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Council Letter to Senate Finance Committee Outlining Priorities for Health Reform
Responding to a request from U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), the Council outlined its priorities for health care reform and its policy recommendations with respect to ongoing congressional negotiations.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to OMB Urging Funding of ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies
As part of our ongoing efforts to encourage a stable individual health care market, the Council and seven other coalition partners sent letters on May to leaders in the U.S. Senate, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the continued funding of cost-sharing reductions for low-income individuals.
Friday, May 19, 2017
Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to HHS Urging Funding of ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies
As part of our ongoing efforts to encourage a stable individual health care market, the Council and seven other coalition partners sent letters on May to leaders in the U.S. Senate, the Office of Management and Budget and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging the continued funding of cost-sharing reductions for low-income individuals.