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  • Legislative & Regulatory News: House and Senate Pass End-of-Year Legislation Providing a Two-year Delay of Cadillac Tax and Making 12/18/2015

    Both the House of Representatives and the Senate passed legislation, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 and the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”).  The White House has indicated that the President will sign these bills which will happen sometime before December 22 (when government funding expires).  These bills contain provisions of interest to ECFC members pertaining to the excise tax on high cost health plans (commonly referred to as the Cadillac Tax) and Mass Transit Benefits.

  • ECFC News: ECFC Statement on Congress’ Two-Year Delay of “Cadillac” Tax 12/18/2015

    December 18, 2015

    Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, Congress introduced a broad tax package that includes a two-year delay of the so-called “Cadillac” tax— a 40 percent excise tax on employer based health plans that had been scheduled to start in 2018. If the legislation passes, as anticipated, the delay until 2020 will provide welcome, but only temporary, relief to millions of Americans. While the ECFC views this delay measure as an interim achievement and is grateful to those who have continued to advocate against the Cadillac tax, it stands by its vital commitment to repealing or revising the tax as soon as possible. Click here to read the rest of ECFC’s statement.

  • Press Releases: ECFC Statement on Congress’ Two-Year Delay of “Cadillac” Tax 12/18/2015

    December 18, 2015

    Washington, D.C. – Earlier this week, Congress introduced a broad tax package that includes a two-year delay of the so-called “Cadillac” tax— a 40 percent excise tax on employer based health plans that had been scheduled to start in 2018. If the legislation passes, as anticipated, the delay until 2020 will provide welcome, but only temporary, relief to millions of Americans. While the ECFC views this delay measure as an interim achievement and is grateful to those who have continued to advocate against the Cadillac tax, it stands by its vital commitment to repealing or revising the tax as soon as possible. Click here to read the rest of ECFC’s statement.

  • Legislative Resources: IRS Notice 2015-87- Further Guidance on Employer Provided Health Plans 12/17/2015

    This notice provides additional guidance for employer provided health plans, including health reimbursement arrangements (HRAs), flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and health savings accounts (HSAs).  Click here for IRS Notice 2015-87.

  • ECFC News: Transit Commuter Benefit, Excise Tax Updates 12/17/2015

    This Wednesday, December 16, 2015, the House of Representatives filed two pieces of legislation that have bipartisan support in the House and the Senate to address Congress’ end of the year priorities, the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015, also referred to as the tax extenders package, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, also referred to as the omnibus package.

  • ECFC News: ECFC Statement on Washington Post Editorial “United Against the Cadillac Tax” 12/08/2015

    The ECFC wholeheartedly rejects the editorial published in yesterday’s Washington Post (“United Against the Cadillac Tax”), which uses flawed logic to suggest that Congress is in the wrong in its overwhelming support for repealing the “Cadillac”—or excise—tax on high-cost employer provided health plans. Click here to read ECFC’s complete statement

  • Press Releases: ECFC Statement on Washington Post Editorial “United Against the Cadillac Tax” 12/08/2015

    The ECFC wholeheartedly rejects the editorial published in yesterday’s Washington Post (“United Against the Cadillac Tax”), which uses flawed logic to suggest that Congress is in the wrong in its overwhelming support for repealing the “Cadillac”—or excise—tax on high-cost employer provided health plans. Click here to read ECFC’s complete statement

  • ECFC News: ECFC Comment Letter on U.S. Senate’s Passage of Bill That Would Repeal Cadillac Tax 12/04/2015

    ECFC legislative director Bill Sweetnam commented that the Senate’s vote in favor of repeal speaks very loudly. The vast majority recognizes that the Cadillac tax will have serious consequences for American employees and their ability to save and plan for their families’ healthcare needs. Now, it’s a matter of finding the right path legislatively to make sure the Cadillac tax either gets repealed in full, or at least, in the interim, revised to exempt employee contributions to health benefits accounts like Flexible Spending Accounts and Health Savings Accounts from the tax calculation. Click here to view the letter.

  • Legislative Resources: Employers Campaign to Save Healthcare FSAs and HSAs from Cadillac Tax 12/02/2015

    An article in Forbes Taxes, Ashlea Ebeling talks about ECFC’s new website, My Money, My Health and how it encourages employees to call on Congress to repeal the Cadillac tax. To read the article, please click here .

  • ECFC News: ECFC Statement on Senate GOP Efforts to Repeal the Cadillac Tax 12/02/2015

    This week in Congress, Senate Republicans are taking important steps toward repealing the highly unpopular “Cadillac”—or excise—tax on high-cost employer sponsored health plans. Yesterday, Senate Republicans brought forth legislation that, among other things, would repeal the Cadillac tax and help protect hard-working American employees’ ability to plan and pay for their healthcare needs.

  • ECFC News: Statement on Democratic Presidential Candidates Calling for Cadillac Tax Repeal 11/18/2015

    Today, Democratic presidential candidate and former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley unveiled his official healthcare campaign platform, which includes a call to repeal the highly unpopular “Cadillac”—or excise— tax on high-cost employer sponsored health plans.

  • Press Releases: ECFC Launches My Money, My Health to Combat Cadillac Tax 11/18/2015

    ECFC, the leading nonprofit organization promoting choice in benefit solutions, has launched the My Money, My Health campaign to give voice to millions of healthcare consumers who will be negatively impacted by a looming tax on their health benefits accounts.

  • Legislative Resources: IRS Highlights FSA and FSA Carryover Opportunities 11/16/2015
  • Legislative Resources: ECFC Talking Points on ECFC Excise Tax Position 11/16/2015

    For your convenience, we have posted a document online here that specifically addresses why ECFC is advocating for full repeal of the Excise Tax while also seeking immediate relief for account based plans.

  • Legislative Resources: My Money, My Health Campaign Toolkit 11/06/2015

    This week, the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation (ECFC) is launching the “My Money, My Health” campaign, which will aim to reach Members of Congress and ask them to protect American employees’ flexible benefits accounts from the looming Cadillac tax.Access the Campaign Toolkit here.

  • Legislative Resources: Special Appeal for Legislative Action Fund 11/06/2015

    The ECFC board of directors has unanimously approved an initial expenditure of $370,000 over the next 6 months to support a media campaign, grass roots advocacy, and targeted a lobbying effort to have consumer directed health plans excluded from the ACA 40% Excise Tax provision. The Legislative Action Fund (LAF) currently holds a balance of $264,00, please click here to learn more about the Legislative Action Fund and to learn how to contribute. We thank you for your support!

  • Legislative Resources: Special Member Call: Cadillac Tax Update 11/06/2015

    On November 3, 2015 ECFC held a special call to update members on our Cadillac Tax advocacy efforts. If you missed this important call or would like to review the session please click here