This information is updated frequently and will continue to evolve. We will keep you posted of significant developments as they occur. If you have any questions on these materials, please contact Joel Kopperud at joel.kopperud@ciab.com.

The Council’s Positions

The Council’s largest priority in this fight is the preservation of Employer-Sponsored Insurance. Employer-Sponsored Insurance (ESI) is the most common type of health coverage in the United States, with more than 177 million Americans depending on it. But some in Congress want to tax employees on the cost of their health care benefits.

Imposing a tax on employer-sponsored health plans is a dangerous policy experiment that could significantly erode employer-sponsored health coverage. Any cap on the tax exclusion is a direct tax on employees and the middle class.

Click here to see our full page on ESHI.

The Council is also continuing to fight against the Cadillac Tax. The Affordable Care Act includes a 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health plans with annual premiums exceeding $10,200 for individuals or $27,500 for families (the amount exceeding the threshold is taxed at 40%). Most predictions indicate that a significant number of group health plans would trigger the 40 percent excise tax if there aren’t any adjustments made to the threshold. This has been dubbed the “Cadillac Tax” referring to high-cost health plans.

You can learn more about the Cadillac Tax here.

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Questions?

Please contact Joel Wood at joel.wood@ciab.com or Joel Kopperud at joel.kopperud@ciab.com with any questions.

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A Letter to DOL, Pharmacy Benefit Managers Grab Attention of HHS, and Telemed Saves Money and Means the Doctor is Always in.

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January 31, 2018 We’re just a few days away from our 2018 Legislative & Working Groups Summit, and our timing to lay down our markers on Capitol Hill could not

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The shutdown didn’t accomplish much, but it did delay implementation of the Cadillac Tax from 2020 to 2022. The Council’s Joel Wood & Joel Kopperud break it all down,.

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In what could be a sign of what’s to come in 2018—that the direction of the country is more toward embrace of the ACA, than rejection—Maine expanded Medicaid at the polls while Virginia Democrats made huge gains in the state house.

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