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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, July 29, 2021
The Latest Legislative and Regulatory Update Presentation Slides: Prospects and Possibilities for the Rest of 2021
The Latest Legislative and Regulatory Update Presentation Slides: Prospects and Possibilities for the Rest of 2021
Wednesday, July 28, 2021
Public Health Insurance Option Leaves Important Questions Unanswered
Policymakers must consider implications for employer-provided health insurance in effort to achieve universal coverage, lower costs WASHINGTON, DC – "If the end goal is to achieve universal coverage and lower health care costs, a public option that makes employer health care coverage more expensive and that fails to address the root causes of rising health care costs will not accomplish this objective," American Benefits Council Senior Vice President, Health Policy, Ilyse Schuman said today in response to a recent request for information from two key members of Congress.
Monday, July 26, 2021
Council Letter Regarding Public Health Insurance Option
Council Letter Regarding Public Health Insurance Option
Friday, July 23, 2021
Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook shows employers' creative response to health crisis
WASHINGTON, DC – "Crisis is clarifying, in that it reveals one's true character. The COVID-19 crisis revealed the remarkable durability of employer-sponsored health care coverage and the responsiveness of the companies that provide it," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said upon unveiling the Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook, a collection of employers' good works over the past 18 months.
Friday, July 23, 2021
The Silver Linings Pandemic Playbook
Over the past 18 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has taken a severe toll on families, businesses, and national economies. Against the backdrop of this tragedy were extraordinary efforts and achievements to overcome the crisis and keep us healthy. From the heroism of frontline workers to the ingenuity of vaccine developers and producers, to the durability of infrastructure supply chains, the pandemic has revealed strength, creativity and resilience.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Employer-provided health coverage a bargain for U.S. taxpayers
WASHINGTON, DC – "It is no surprise that public polls reveal the popularity of job-based health coverage, because we all know it is the high-quality, affordable coverage that people want to keep," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today. "Less well known is that employer-provided health coverage is an enormous bargain for American taxpayers," Klein said. "A simple calculation shows that U.S. companies spend more than $5 on health benefits for every $1 of tax revenue lost."
Friday, July 2, 2021
Summary of Surprise Billing Regulations 'Part I'
On July 1, the Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS), Labor, and Treasury (the Departments) issued interim final regulations (IFR), implementing the surprise billing provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA). The 411-page IFR, which was required by statute to be issued by July 1, is the first piece of formal guidance in what will be a series of regulations on this topic. Some of the rules were issued by the Departments and parts of the rule were HHS-only rules (i.e., those focused on provider requirements). Below is a summary of the IFR for Council members.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
New rules on 'surprise' medical billing should help lower health care costs, protect patients
WASHINGTON, DC – Health care payers and patients will now be better protected from unexpected medical bills, according to the American Benefits Council's analysis of interim final regulations (IFR) issued today by the Biden Administration. Surprise medical bills refers to bills for out-of-network emergency services and out-of-network providers in in-network settings, where the provider bills the patient for often substantial amounts above what the plan pays.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
Interim Final Rules on Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I
Interim Final Rules on Requirements Related to Surprise Billing; Part I
Monday, June 28, 2021
Council Letter to CMS Regarding Transparency Provisions in the 2022 Hospital IPPS Proposed Rule
The American Benefits Council provided comments in connection with the Fiscal Year 2022 Medicare Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Care Hospital Rates Proposed Rule ("2022 IPPS Proposed Rule"), issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), reiterating support for, and emphasizing the vital importance of, price and quality transparency in health care.
Friday, June 25, 2021
Council Testimony for the ERISA Advisory Committee on Retirement Savings Based on Race, Ethnicity and Gender
Good morning. My name is Jan Jacobson and I am senior counsel, retirement policy for the American Benefits Council. The Council is a national non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and fostering privately sponsored employee benefit plans. Its approximately 440 members are primarily large, multistate employers that provide employee benefits to active and retired workers and their families. The Council's membership also includes organizations that provide employee-benefit services to employers of all sizes. Collectively, the Council's members either directly sponsor or provide services to retirement and health plans covering virtually every American who participates in employer-sponsored benefit programs.
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
Benefits Briefing Presentation: COBRA Subsidy Implementation
Benefits Briefing Presentation: COBRA Subsidy Implementation
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
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.