WASHINGTON, DC – American Benefits Council President James A. Klein issued the following statement today in light of the president's reference to health care costs – including prescription drug costs – in his State of the Union address.
The American Benefits Council will hold a Benefits Briefing webinar on Wednesday, January 16, at 2 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss recent federal and state legislative activity regarding "surprise" medical bills. Large and unexpected balance billing of patients by out-of-network health care providers is a growing concern for patients and their families as well as for employer plan sponsors and policymakers.
WASHINGTON, DC – "The court decision last week in Texas v. U.S. striking down the Affordable Care Act certainly may have significant implications for the individual insurance market. But for the vast majority of Americans, this development truly underscores the value of employer-provided health coverage," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today.
The Council's Policy Board of Directors has approved a set of principles to guide future advocacy efforts with respect to legislative and regulatory proposals addressing the independent workforce. The principles are embodied by "five Cs": choice, coverage, consistency, cooperation and creativity.
As part of our advocacy on your behalf with policymakers in Washington DC and the news media nationwide, we make frequent use of data to support our message. To supplement that advocacy activity, we sought to capture the opinions of American voters during the 2018 elections, when political and policy engagement was at its peak. The Council, on its own and as part of the Alliance to Fight the 40 – a broad-based coalition dedicated to repealing the 40 percent "Cadillac Tax" on employer-provided health coverage – worked with two different nationally recognized polling firms to collect valuable insight into Americans' attitudes about workplace benefits.