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

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Funding of ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies
Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Funding of ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Subsidies
Friday, October 13, 2017
Halting ACA subsidies hurts employer plans, too
"We are disappointed and concerned by the Trump Administration's decision to halt the payment of cost-sharing reduction (CSR) payments under the Affordable Care Act," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today.
Friday, October 13, 2017
Trump Administration to Cease ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments
Trump Administration to Cease ACA Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States
The Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across the United States directs the departments of the Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services to consider new rules that would circumvent many of the market reforms encompassed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Thursday, October 12, 2017
DOL/EBSA Proposed Regulations Delaying Claims Procedure for Plans Providing Disability Benefits
The Trump Administration continued its close scrutiny of Obama-era regulations on October 10 with the release of proposed regulations by the U.S. Department of Labor's (DOL) seeking comment on a proposed delay of ERISA final claims regulations for disability benefit plans. The proposed regulations also solicit additional public input regarding the regulatory impact analysis in the final rule.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
HRA provisions of health care executive order would improve access to affordable coverage
WASHINGTON, DC – "The health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) provisions of President Trump's executive order give employers more flexibility in the benefits they may offer employees," Katy Spangler, the Council's senior vice president, health policy, said today.
Monday, October 9, 2017
Council Amicus Brief in Barchock v. CVS, First Circuit Court of Appeals
In an amicus ("friend of the court") brief filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on October 9, the Council asserted that a plan sponsor's fiduciary duty should be assessed in terms of process rather than ultimate results.
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Overview of Final Treasury/IRS Mortality Table Regulations
The U.S. Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) released final regulations on October 3 updating the mortality tables to be used for defined benefit pension plan funding for 2018, as well as for Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) variable rate premiums and benefit restrictions. The rule will generally be effective for the 2018 plan year.The following is a brief overview and analysis of the final rule.
Friday, September 29, 2017
Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act (H.R.3823), as Enacted
Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act (H.R.3823)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
GOP Tax Reform Outline
Congress informally moved on from its efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the release of a comprehensive tax reform outline crafted by leaders of the tax-writing committees with input from the White House.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Council Applauds Preservation of Retirement Savings Incentives in Tax Reform Framework
"The tax reform outline unveiled today offers encouragement to workplace retirement plan sponsors and savers," American Benefits Council Senior Vice President, Global Retirement and Compensation Policy, Lynn Dudley, said upon the release of Republicans' framework for tax reform.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
GOP Tax Reform Outline: One-Page Summary
Congress informally moved on from its efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with the release of a comprehensive tax reform outline crafted by leaders of the tax-writing committees with input from the White House.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment to the American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628), Official Section-by-Section Summary
In a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the budget reconciliation measure expires on September 30, Senate Republicans are rallying behind a measure that would replace many of the ACA's provisions with block grants to states.
Monday, September 25, 2017
Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson Amendment to American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628)
In a last-ditch effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the budget reconciliation measure expires on September 30, Senate Republicans are rallying behind a measure that would replace many of the ACA's provisions with block grants to states.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Council Letter to Rep. Kevin Brady Urging Inclusion of SEAL Act Provision in Disaster Relief Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC – In a September 22 letter to U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), the American Benefits Council (Council) strongly recommended that the provisions of the SEAL Act (H.R. 2030) be added to the disaster relief bill to be introduced soon.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Council urges consideration of retirement savings legislation as part of relief bill
WASHINGTON, DC – In a September 22 letter to U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX), the American Benefits Council (Council) strongly recommended that the provisions of the SEAL Act (H.R. 2030) be added to the disaster relief bill to be introduced soon.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
New GOP Repeal-and-Replace Bill to be Considered by the Full Senate
New GOP Repeal-and-Replace Bill to be Considered by the Full Senate
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Council Letter to Congress Supporting 'Cadillac Tax' Repeal
On September 18, the Council wrote to leaders in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives urging full repeal of the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" on employer-sponsored health coverage as part of any health care legislation under consideration.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Council Comments to EBSA Regarding Mental Health Parity Act Disclosure Issues
In September 13 written comments to the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), the Council offered recommendations on recently issued frequently asked questions (FAQ) Part 38, which addressed disclosure obligations and solicited comments on a draft model form for requesting disclosure of information as required under MHPAEA.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Benefits Passport Presentation Slides: Employee Benefits in Brazil
Benefits Passport Presentation Slides: Employee Benefits in Brazil