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

Monday, December 10, 2018
The Retirement, Savings and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 88), Rules Committee Print
The Retirement, Savings and Other Tax Relief Act of 2018 (H.R. 88)
Friday, December 7, 2018
Group Letter Supporting Frozen Pension Plan Nondiscrimination Legislation
Group Letter Supporting Frozen Pension Plan Nondiscrimination Legislation
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: IRS Proposed Rule for 401(k) Hardship Distributions
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: IRS Proposed Rule for 401(k) Hardship Distributions
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Benefits Briefing Webinar Notice: IRS Proposed Rules for 401(k) Hardship Distributions
Benefits Briefing Webinar Notice: IRS Proposed Rules for 401(k) Hardship Distributions
Monday, December 3, 2018
The Five "Cs": Principles for Policymakers Regarding Benefits and Independent Workers
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.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Key End-of-Year Retirement Policy Priorities
Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Key Retirement Policy Priorities
Thursday, November 29, 2018
IRS Notice 2018-94: ACA Employer Reporting Relief under Code Section 6055 & 6056
IRS Notice 2018-94: ACA Employer Reporting Relief under Code Section 6055 & 6056
Thursday, November 29, 2018
Results from Election Night Polling on Employee Benefit Issues
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.
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding Urgent, End-of-Year Health Policy Priorities
Letter to Congressional Leadership Regarding End-of-Year Health Policy Priorities
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Written Submission for Senate HELP Committee Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability Through Innovation
Written Submission for Senate HELP Committee Hearing: Reducing Health Care Costs: Improving Affordability Through Innovation
Monday, November 26, 2018
House Ways and Means Committee Proposed Tax Legislation
U.S. House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) released a 297-page bill on November 26 covering a wide variety of tax matters, including provisions addressing retirement savings policy and relief for plan sponsors in federally designated disaster areas.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Proposed HRA Rules (Groom Law Group)
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: Proposed HRA Rules (Groom Law Group)
Friday, November 2, 2018
Overview of Recent Federal and State Activity Regarding "Surprise" Medical Bills
An emerging issue in health policy is the increased concern about "surprise" medical billing, in which patients are balanced billed by out-of-network providers. A Benefits Blueprint summary of the issue, prepared by Groom Law Group, Chartered, provides an overview of existing laws and regulation, as well as legislative proposals to prohibit or limit balance billing for certain out-of-network services .
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Treasury/DOL/HSS Proposed Regulations on Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group Health Plan
Treasury/DOL/HSS Proposed Regulations on Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Other Account-Based Group Health Plan
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Employer health plan sponsors welcome potential flexibility in new HRA rule; proposal follows policy recommendation offered by Council
WASHINGTON, DC – "The Administration's proposed Health Reimbursement Account rule provides employers and employees more flexibility in meeting health coverage needs of workers and their families," American Benefits Council President James A. Klein said today.
Friday, October 19, 2018
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: The Global Retirement Challenge
Benefits Briefing Presentation Slides: The Global Retirement Challenge
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Highlights of American Benefits Legacy: The Unique Value of Employer Sponsorship
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The American Benefits Council is proud to release American Benefits Legacy, a report that is both a thorough accounting of America's employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits system and a validation of the Council's mission to preserve it," Council President James A. Klein said today.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
American Benefits Legacy: The Unique Value of Employer Sponsorship
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The American Benefits Council is proud to release American Benefits Legacy, a report that is both a thorough accounting of America's employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits system and a validation of the Council's mission to preserve it," Council President James A. Klein said today.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Unveiling 'American Benefits Legacy'
We are pleased to unveil American Benefits Legacy, a comprehensive report that profiles the extraordinary positive difference that you, and the organizations for whom you work, make in the lives of millions of Americans. In addition to being a valuable tool in the Council's public policy advocacy, we think you will find the report useful within your own organizations to further illuminate the value of employer-sponsored benefits.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
'American Benefits Legacy' unveiled: Council report details immense value of employer-provided health, retirement benefits
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "The American Benefits Council is proud to release American Benefits Legacy, a report that is both a thorough accounting of America's employer-sponsored health and retirement benefits system and a validation of the Council's mission to preserve it," Council President James A. Klein said today.