health care in the 115th congressThe ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) is the only national association that advocates exclusively for large employers on health, retirement and compensation public policies at the federal, state and local levels.

ERIC just released an informative presentation outlining what laws congress and states will change in 2017. View the presentation here. This presentation was shared with The Alliance with permission from the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchase Coalitions.

Health Care in the 115th Congress

Health reform proposals in the 115th Congress were the focus of The Alliance webinar on Jan. 10 presented by Katy Spangler, senior vice president, healthy policy from the American Benefits Council.

Spangler provided an overview of what has been proposed and what employers should be aware of. While much of this information appears to change daily, Spangler urged employers to speak up now and ask federal lawmakers to protect the tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health benefits.

Spangler said employers should keep track of health policy developments that occur in what is likely to be three-step process for health reform by Congress. These steps are:

  • Repealing the ACA.
  • Enacting comprehensive tax reform.
  • Replacing the ACA.

To view a full recording of the webinar or to read a summary of Spangler’s presentation, check out our blog post, At Risk: Employers’ Health Benefit Tax Exclusion.

Save the Date – March 14

As a follow up to this topic, The Alliance will hosting an Alliance Learning Circle on March 14 with John Barlament, partner, Quarles & Brady to provide employers with the latest happenings in health care compliance. Learn more and register at the-alliance.org/events.

The Alliance Signs Letter Opposing Limits to Tax Deductibility of Employer-Sponsored Health Benefits

The Alliance has joined with 32 other organizations in signing a letter that asks members of the U.S. Congress not to act on proposals that would cap the individual tax exclusion for employer-provided health care benefits or limit employers’ deductibility of health care expenses.

The letter also asks congressional representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent Cadillac Tax on health benefits, which was slated to take effect in 2020.

The American Benefits Council drafted the letter, which was signed by organizations that included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions, HR Policy Association, Society for Human Resource Management and Self-Insurance Institute of America.

The Alliance is a member of American Benefits Council on behalf of employers who belong to our cooperative.

Teri Van Tassel

Teri Van Tassel

Vice President, Marketing & Product Innovation at The Alliance
Teri Van Tassel joined The Alliance in 2006 and currently serves as vice president, marketing and product innovation. Her responsibilities include market research, member services, product development, product management, marketing communications and the public and media relations functions for the organization. Prior to joining The Alliance, Teri served as vice president/marketing for the Credit Union Executives Society.

In addition to her work at The Alliance, Teri serves on the leadership team for a Collaboration Development grant awarded to Mental Health America of Wisconsin, as an advisory council member for the Wisconsin Initiative to Promote Healthy Lifestyles (WIPHL), a product development committee member for the National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH), and is also a member of the American Marketing Association. Teri received her bachelor's degree in communication arts from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

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