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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 17, 2021
American Benefits Council statement on ACA Supreme Court Decision on Process
"With the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) dispatched by the U.S. Supreme Court on the basis of absence of 'legal standing,' the health care policy world returns to a state of cautious certainty," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today.
Friday, June 11, 2021
Council Letter to DOL/HHS/Treasury With Recommendations for Surprise Billing Guidance
Council Letter to DOL/HHS/Treasury With Recommendations for Surprise Billing Guidance
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
2021 Council Highlights Infographic
Legislative and regulatory updates from the first half of the year.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Council Statement for the House Ways and Means Worker Family and Support Subcommittee Hearing Record on Universal Paid Leave and Guaranteed Access to Child Care
Council Statement for the House Ways and Means Worker Family and Support Subcommittee Hearing Record on Universal Paid Leave and Guaranteed Access to Child Care
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Benefits Briefing Presentation: COBRA Subsidy Implementation
Benefits Briefing Presentation: COBRA Subsidy Implementation
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
Comparison of Provisions in the Securing A Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954, Neal/Brady) and the Retirement Security And Savings Act (S. 1770, Cardin/Portman)
Comparison of Provisions in the Securing A Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954, Neal/Brady) and the Retirement Security And Savings Act (S. 1770, Cardin/Portman)
Monday, May 24, 2021
Council Comment Letter on the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act
Thank you for your work to address the pressing issue of missing and unresponsive participants in retirement plans. We welcome the introduction of your legislation, the Retirement Savings Lost and Found Act of 2021, and appreciate the opportunity to have communicated regularly with your staff as you developed this bill.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Employers in Action: Behavioral and Mental Health
An infographic brochure outlining employer efforts on mental and behavioral health care and the Council's policy priorities.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Council Summary of Retirement Security and Savings Act (S. 1770) (Prepared by Davis & Harman LLP)
On May 20, 2021, Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Rob Portman (R-OH) reintroduced their Retirement Security and Savings Act (S. 1770), a bipartisan measure to enhance retirement security. This bill follows on very similar legislation introduced by the Senators in the previous Congress, builds on the the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act, enacted in 2019, and contains a number of provisions that are similar to those in the Securing a Strong Retirement Act (H.R. 2954), sponsored in the U.S. House of Representatives by Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) and the committee's Ranking Republican Kevin Brady (R-TX) and approved by the committee on May 5, 2021.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Benefits Briefing Presentation: Cybersecurity & Retirement Plans - What You Need to Know
Benefits Briefing Presentation: Cybersecurity & Retirement Plans - What You Need to Know
Friday, May 21, 2021
State- and City-Based Retirement Programs that Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors (Courtesy of Davis & Harman LLP)
State-run and City-run Retirement Programs that Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
IRS Notice 2021-31: Premium Assistance for COBRA Benefits
IRS Notice 2021-31: Premium Assistance for COBRA Benefits
Thursday, May 6, 2021
Council Letter to HHS Office of Civil Rights Urging Changes to the HIPAA Privacy Rule to Support and Remove Barriers to the Coordinated Care and Individual Engagement
The Council strongly supports the ability for health plans and health care providers to share data and coordinate care in order to offer innovative benefits and address real-time health needs of enrollees. We also support enrollees being able to access their own data and to direct their information. We applaud the Office of Civil Rights' (OCR's) timely response to requests for increased transparency and care coordination. We understand that these Proposed Rules largely are directed at health care providers. However, these regulatory changes directly impact health plans that are HIPAA covered entities as well. For the most part, health plans are fully involved in care coordination activities and support the exchange of information for care coordination and transparency purposes. Nevertheless, as outlined below, we are writing to raise three issues for OCR to consider that are important for the administration of health plans and the vital health benefits that they provide throughout the country.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Manager's Amendment to the Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021 (H.R. 2954, Neal)
Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021 Manager's Amendment
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Navigating Issues in Global Remote Work
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Navigating Issues in Global Remote Work
Monday, May 3, 2021
Summary of The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021
Summary of The Securing a Strong Retirement Act of 2021
Monday, May 3, 2021
Securing a Strong Retirement Act (2021, Neal/Brady)
Securing a Strong Retirement Act (2021, Neal/Brady)
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Employers hopeful federal proposals will standardize paid leave requirements, provide opportunity for fairness
"We urge Congress to seize the opportunity to finally enable nationwide employers to provide consistent paid leave benefits to their workers and relieve severe administrative burdens imposed by wildly inconsistent state and city laws," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today, referring to two newly-released proposals – one by President Biden and the other by U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA).
Monday, April 19, 2021
Group Letter to Treasury/IRS Urging Permanent Relief from Notarization Requirements
Group Letter to Treasury/IRS Urging Permanent Relief from Notarization Requirements
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Council Statement for the House Education and Labor HELP Subcommittee Hearing Record on Improving Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Care
Council Statement for the House Education and Labor HELP Subcommittee Hearing Record on Improving Access to Behavioral and Mental Health Care