Links to Media Reports
As the discussion on healthcare reform proceeds, there are many media outlets that provide information and opinion on various ideas that are being discussed. This area provides links to some of these media outlets and their recently released articles on healthcare reform
IRS Seeks Comments on ‘Cadillac Tax’ and Account-Based Plans
ECFC Legislative and Technical Director Bill Sweetnam quoted in SHRM newsletter regarding employers looking at options to avoid triggering the excise tax on high-cost health plans.
Consumer-Driven Options for Open Enrollment Success
Article in SHRM bylined by Executive Director Natasha Rankin regarding a variety of strategies and incentives that promote smarter healthcare decision-making
Consumer-Driven’s More of a Given
ECFC Board Chair William Short quoted as part of an article about how employers are embracing consumer-driven health as they look for ways to manage costs
Ten Ways You’re Probably Leaving Money on the Table | The Wall Street Journal, February 10, 2014
ECFC Executive Director Natasha Rankin quoted as part of an article about how consumers can benefit from participating in tax-advantaged accounts.
Pretax Limit on Transit Benefits Drops for 2014 | SHRM, December 30, 2013
ECFC told SHRM Online: “Our long-term goal is to encourage that any tax legislation establishes permanent parity between the parking and transit portions of the commuter benefit.”
Another Item Neglected By Congress Is Set To Cost Americans Big Time | Huffington Post, 12/27/2013
The Washington Post article and ECFC quote picked up in this article on the disparity between transit and parking components of commuter benefit beginning January 1, 2014.
Tax benefits for mass transit commuters set to drop | The Washington Post, 12/27/2013
ECFC Executive Director Natasha Rankin speaking to the increased disparity between components of the commuter benefit beginning January 1, 2014, when the transit benefit reverts to $130, while the transit portion increases to $250.
Flexible spending accounts to add $500 rollover | Phoenix Business Journal, December 13, 2013
ECFC Chair Dennis Triplett speaking to the newly allowed roll over of $500 in FSA funds, with a credit to Employers Council on Flexible Compensation, as an organization instrumental in the federal regulatory changes that impacted the use-it-or-lose-it component of FSAs.