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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On Monday, President Trump said Obamacare was dead. On Tuesday, he endorsed legislation to fund the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies for two years. Wednesday, he backed off on that support.

Something’s Gotta Give
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ACA Deadline Looms
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Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced that the Senate will vote next week on Republican Sens. Cassidy and Graham’s repeal and replace legislation.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced his “Medicare for All” legislation, while Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham released what might be the Senate’s last effort to repeal & replace the ACA.

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Health Policy Recommendations For Congress
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Resources

Tax Reform’s Health Implications and more

As the Senate inches closer to a floor vote on the Republican tax overhaul bill, it’s still unclear if the votes are there.

When Tax Reform Morphs Into Healthcare Reform

Another busy week for our dynamic government affairs duo, with lots of press given to the Senate GOP’s tax bill, which now includes a repeal of the ACA’s individual mandate.

ACA’s Win at Tuesday’s Polls

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.

Complicated Tax Reform Issues

Another day, another proposal aimed at repealing the Affordable Care Act. Our Government Affairs duo, Joel Wood and Joel Kopperud, tackle the latest news out of Washington, D.C.

Another Whirlwind 48 Hours

On Monday, President Trump said Obamacare was dead. On Tuesday, he endorsed legislation to fund the ACA’s cost-sharing subsidies for two years. Wednesday, he backed off on that support.

Something’s Gotta Give

The consensus remains that the battle to repeal and replace the ACA is far from over, but is reaching a bipartisan healthcare compromise at all realistic in this environment?

ACA Deadline Looms

Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced that the Senate will vote next week on Republican Sens. Cassidy and Graham’s repeal and replace legislation.

Single-Payer, GOP Healthcare Proposals Released

Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced his “Medicare for All” legislation, while Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsay Graham released what might be the Senate’s last effort to repeal & replace the ACA.

Could Regular Order be on the Horizon?

In its first of four hearings yesterday, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee indicated intentions to find a bipartisan solution to stabilize the individual health insurance market and shore up rising healthcare costs.

Health Policy Recommendations For Congress

A group of business organizations sent this letter to Congress last week outlining bipartisan policy recommendations that are important to the stability of the individual market.