As proposed legislation and regulation moves through the federal and state lawmaking process, employers can contact their legislators or participate in other Alliance activities aimed at alerting policymakers to the potential impact of their actions.
A $44 million tax bill was sent to an employer who made that mistake and then turned to John Barlament, a partner at Quarles and Brady, for help in correcting the issue. While the penalty was eventually corrected and reduced to zero, the situation shows the potential problems that employers can face when dealing with health benefits regulations.
Staying current on state and federal policymakers’ approach to health benefits can feel like a continual pop quiz. That makes the game show Jeopardy! a good approach to understanding the current health policy challenges facing employers.
It’s time to tell Congress just how much employers care about repealing the Cadillac Tax. The Alliance recently joined a diverse group of organizations in signing a letter asking members of Congress to support legislation that will permanently repeal the Cadillac Tax. The bill is titled HR 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019. Now, we’re asking Alliance members to write letters of their own supporting HR 748.
Both Wisconsin and Illinois inaugurated new governors in recent weeks. Those new governors are picking top health policy leaders and beginning to dig into the work of transforming campaign promises into policy proposals. This synopsis of the new leaders in both states shares some early positions they — and their counterparts in the legislative branch — have staked out on health policy issues of interest to members of The Alliance.
In the wake of the testimony given by Cheryl DeMars last year, Sen. Lamar Alexander is calling for ideas for legislation he will introduce to control health care costs. Health care costs are a growing burden on taxpayers, employers and family budget. Now is the time to share your ideas about ways to relieve that burden.