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.

Healthcare in Transition Spotlight

AHPs, Single-Payer, Short-Term Health Plans & Value-Based Care
Healthcare In Transition | Aug. 29, 2018 | ACA, Employee Benefits, Healthcare, Single Payer

Association Health Plans: What’s Next? June marked the implementation of a regulation focusing on Association Health Plans (AHPs) and the benefits they may offer small businesses and self-employed individuals within

D.C. Roundup: Health Policy and Midterm Elections
Healthcare In Transition | Aug. 9, 2018

As the midterm election gets closer, the health policy agenda in Washington focuses more on the issues of greatest concern to voters: healthcare costs. The Council Perspective: Both parties are

What We Know About Atul Gawande
Healthcare In Transition | Aug. 9, 2018

After his appointment as the CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan (ABJ) health venture in June, the question on everyone’s mind was: What’s Atul Gawande’s first move? The Council

Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts
Healthcare In Transition | Apr. 25, 2018 | ACA, Employee Benefits, Healthcare, Single Payer

April 25, 2018 The State of Healthcare Today: Report on Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts As healthcare spending in the U.S. reaches unsustainable levels, the value-based reform movement seeks to

ERISA, PBMs and Telehealth
Healthcare In Transition | Mar. 14, 2018 | DOL, Employee Benefits, Government Affairs, Healthcare

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

The Time is Right
Healthcare In Transition | Jan. 31, 2018 | ACA, Cadillac Tax, Employee Benefits, FATCA, Government Affairs, Healthcare, Taxes

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

Resources

Cigna-Express Scripts Deal Gets the Green Light

Click to read The Council perspective.

IRS Releases Draft ACA Employer Reporting Instructions

The IRS recently released draft instructions for 2018 ACA information reporting under Sections 6055 and 6056 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Partnership for America’s Health Care Future

The Council recently joined a coalition called Partnership for America’s Health Care Future.

AHPs, Single-Payer, Short-Term Health Plans & Value-Based Care

Association Health Plans: What’s Next? June marked the implementation of a regulation focusing on Association Health Plans (AHPs) and the benefits they may offer small businesses and self-employed individuals within

Healthcare and Big Data at the State Level: All-Payer Claims Databases (APCDs)

What do Colorado, Arkansas, Delaware and Virginia have in common? In the spirit of transparency, these states, along with 15 others, are striving to systematically collect and release medical, pharmacy

D.C. Roundup: Health Policy and Midterm Elections

As the midterm election gets closer, the health policy agenda in Washington focuses more on the issues of greatest concern to voters: healthcare costs. The Council Perspective: Both parties are

What We Know About Atul Gawande

After his appointment as the CEO of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JP Morgan (ABJ) health venture in June, the question on everyone’s mind was: What’s Atul Gawande’s first move? The Council

Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts

April 25, 2018 The State of Healthcare Today: Report on Costs, Outcomes and Reform Efforts As healthcare spending in the U.S. reaches unsustainable levels, the value-based reform movement seeks to

ERISA, PBMs and Telehealth

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

The Time is Right

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