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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
On the Front Lines: How Employers Are Working to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
Employers, whose health plans cover more than 178 million people nationwide, are on the front lines of the battle against opioid addiction. The American Benefits Council applauds Congressional efforts to combat the opioid epidemic and hopes to provide some additional perspective on the efforts of American employers to combat addiction and improve treatment.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
DOL/EBSA Fact Sheet on Final Regulations Regarding Definition of "Employer" under Section 3(5) of ERISA (Association Health Plans)
DOL/EBSA Fact Sheet on Final Regulations Regarding Definition of "Employer" under Section 3(5) of ERISA (Association Health Plans)
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
DOL/EBSA Final Regulations Regarding Definition of "Employer" under Section 3(5) of ERISA (Association Health Plans)
DOL/EBSA Final Regulations Regarding Definition of "Employer" under Section 3(5) of ERISA (Association Health Plans)
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Health Savings Accounts proven to bend cost curve, better manage employee health premiums
Health Savings Accounts proven to bend cost curve, better manage employee health premiums
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Council Letter to DOL Seeking Cooperation on Missing Participants
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "American companies and the federal government share the goal of connecting benefit plan participants with the money they are owed," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today. "We believe a public-private partnership can help solve the challenge of finding missing participants," he added.
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Council supports bipartisan, common-sense proposal to increase retirement cash-out limits
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and the Workforce's Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions (HELP) today, the American Benefits Council voiced support for a bill that would provide for a common-sense update to the cash-out limit, as well as other measures that would modernize how employees receive required disclosures and expand usage of open multiple employer plans (MEPs).
Monday, May 14, 2018
Council Letter to Louisiana Department of Insurance Regarding State Innovation Waiver Application
The Council provided comments with respect to Louisiana's application to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services ("CMS") and to the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Departments), for a waiver of certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as authorized by Section 1332 of that Act. Louisiana's 1332 waiver application seeks approval to waive Section 1312(c)(1) of the ACA for the purpose of establishing a state-based and state-administered reinsurance program.
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Council Statement for the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Hearing Record: Identifying Innovative Practices and Technology in Health Care
The American Benefits Council submitted expert testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health on April 26, related to the subcommittee's hearing Identifying Innovative Practices and Technology in Health Care.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
State-Run Retirement Arrangements That Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors (Courtesy of Davis & Harman LLP)
State-Run Retirement Arrangements That Could Result in Mandates Imposed on Current Plan Sponsors
Friday, March 23, 2018
Council Letter to Six Bipartisan Senators Regarding Health Care Transparency
Council Letter to Six Bipartisan Senators Regarding Health Care Transparency
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Council calls on IRS to address HSA limit issue
WASHINGTON, DC – In a March 22 letter to Internal Revenue Service (IRS) officials, the American Benefits Council requested relief from a newly reduced health savings account (HSA) limit that imposes significant administrative burdens on employers, employees and other taxpayers.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Council Letter to Treasury Regarding Reduced 2018 HSA Contribution Limit
Council Letter to Treasury Regarding Reduced 2018 HSA Contribution Limit
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Letter from Reps. Kelly and Paulsen to Treasury Regarding Revised HSA Contribution Limits
Letter from Reps. Kelly and Paulsen to Treasury Regarding Revised HSA Contribution Limits
Monday, March 19, 2018
Bipartisan Health Care Stabilization Act, as Proposed Addition to Omnibus Spending Bill
On March 19, a team of Republican lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives released legislative language providing for individual market stabilization.
Monday, March 19, 2018
Updated Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Inclusion of Individual Market Stabilization in Omnibus Spending Bill
Updated Affordable Coverage Coalition Letter to Congress Urging Inclusion of Individual Market Stabilization in Omnibus Spending Bill
Monday, March 19, 2018
Letter from Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to Senate Leadership Urging Enactment of Frozen Plan Nondiscrimination Relief from RESA
Letter from Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to Senate Leadership Urging Enactment of RESA
Thursday, March 15, 2018
U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit Decision in U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Acosta
U.S. Appeals Court for the Fifth Circuit Decision in U.S. Chamber of Commerce v. Acosta
Wednesday, March 14, 2018
Council Letter to Congress Supporting Individual Health Insurance Market Stabilization Measures in Omnibus Spending Bill
The American Benefits Council (Council) urges Congress to include legislation stabilizing the individual health insurance market in the omnibus appropriations bill for fiscal year 2018.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Employers 'leading the way' on innovations that improve outcomes, lower health care costs: Council, Mercer study highlights companies' best, brightest ideas
Frustrated by paying for the volume of health services delivered rather than the value received, and by the uncoordinated and fragmented care their workers receive, employers are taking meaningful action to transform the health care system. This is the message of Leading the Way: Employer Innovations in Health Coverage, a new report from the American Benefits Council and Mercer.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Executive Summary: What Employers are Doing to Improve America's Health System
Executive Summary: What Employers are Doing to Improve America's Health System