Letter to Congressional Leadership Supporting Key Employer Health Care Priorities
The National Coalition on Benefits sent a letter to Congressional leadership urging action on key employer health care priorities that include repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s “Cadillac Tax” and passage of bipartisan legislation to modernize Health Savings Accounts to enhance employee benefits.
November 30, 2018
Dear Leaders Ryan, McConnell, Pelosi and Schumer:
As the 115th Congress prepares to close, the National Coalition on Benefits (NCB) urges
Congress to address key employer health care priorities. In particular, we urge Congress to
repeal the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “Cadillac Tax” and pass bipartisan legislation to
modernize Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) to enhance employee benefits.
Repealing the 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” continues to be a significant legislative priority
particularly now since large employers devise benefit plans two years in advance of the actual
plan year. As a result, benefits are being reduced now to avoid the impending reach of the
Cadillac tax. Not surprisingly, an election night poll , conducted by pollster Frank Luntz, found
81 percent of voters oppose taxes on employer-provided health benefits. The “Cadillac
Tax” will impose such a tax and make health insurance more expensive for the more than 181
million people who receive coverage through an employer.
HSAs cover more than 20 million Americans today but are hampered by their original 2003
design. The laws governing these accounts are badly out of date. We urge Congress to adopt
bipartisan HSA reforms, such as first-dollar coverage for chronic health care conditions.
Employers want to be able to offer the best consumer-directed options possible, and the NCB
believes that HSA rules need to be updated to match the needs of today’s modern workforce.
The NCB is dedicated to preserving the benefits of the more than 181 million Americans who
receive health insurance through employers. This coalition is comprised of major employer
trade associations, representing large and small employers. The NCB also includes many large
employers with employees in all 50 states.
The National Coalition on Benefits
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