ACA Update: Opposing Employer Health Taxes

The Self-Insurance Institute of America (SIIA) recently urged policymakers to oppose additional efforts to create other tax burdens upon the employer based health care system. This action is part of a larger advocacy campaign to strengthen and protect the availability of employer sponsored health benefits.

In order to offset costs, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) included a 40 percent excise tax on certain health benefits. Within a matter of years this burdensome excise tax, commonly referred to as the ‘Cadillac Tax’, is expected to hit the vast majority of employees and employers without action by Congress. In addition, the imposition of such an excise tax would impose a costly administrative burden on self-insured employers and TPAs.

While SIIA participated in coalition activities last year which successfully sought a moratorium on the implementation of the Cadillac Tax until 2020, the clear advocacy goal has been to eliminate the tax all together to ensure the continued ability of employers to self-insure.

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