Cadillac Tax Delay; Join Our December Meeting; How to Ease the Burden of High Drug Costs…

December 15, 2015

alliance-to-fight-th-40The Weekly Buzz: Will the Cadillac Tax be Delayed? 

The Cadillac tax on high-priced health plans and the medical device tax will likely be delayed two years. A short-term delay may lay the groundwork for the taxes never taking effect. There’s bipartisan support to delay both taxes, but Republicans may still try to get something from Democrats out of the negotiations. Read more here.

The National Business Coalition on Health (NBCH) Governmental Affairs Committee hosted a webinar with the American Benefits Council on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, to provide information on repealing the Excise Tax. We have posted the slides from that webinar here. For additional resources, or to learn more about the Excise Tax you can visit the American Benefits Council Fight the 40 campaign page.

Not Yet a Member?

If you are considering membership, we invite you to join us at a member meeting to learn more! You can also read about the benefits of membership by clicking here.

Still Time to Register! December 18 Meeting for Members and Prospective Members

Special guest, attorney Phil Larson, will be presenting, “The Affordable Care Act Cadillac Tax: Concerns for Employers, Employees and other Considerations.” We will also be discussing hot topics such as private exchanges, a new payment reform initiative, and the unsustainable cost of specialty drugs. Click here to learn more or to RSVP.

Be sure to save the following dates on your calendar:

187January 20 Member Meeting Agenda Set

Beginning with a hot breakfast, this first member meeting of 2016 will focus on the accomplishments and key findings of 2015, and set forth our plans for advancing toward 2016 goals. This is a great meeting for members and prospective members! Click here to learn more or to RSVP.

Healthy Choices: Complimentary and Compelling Employee Communication Materials


Consumer Reports is now offering employee communications resources for your employees – and they’re evidence-based and available at no cost. Making Healthy Choices offers advice about how to be a smart consumer in today’s health-care marketplace. The tools help employees engage with their health-care providers, enabling them to choose the high-quality care they need while avoiding unnecessary services they don’t.

Among the new materials are stories about real patients who are discovering how to avoid costly, and even harmful, medical care are now available from Consumer Reports and Choosing Wisely®.


Join Us for the 9th Annual Employer Leadership Summit  

Save the date for The Action Group’s 9th Annual Employer Leadership Summit on April 22, 2016. This event is open to all and was sold out in 2015. We will feature national and international health care and benefits thought leaders, the Innovator’s Showcase, interactive polling, networking opportunities, sponsored booths, and lively discussions. If you or a partner organization would like to sponsor an exhibit, please contact us!

Thought for the Week

“When asked if he could rewind the past few months, before he became Wall Street’s most hated villain, Martin Shkreli, the notorious pharmaceutical executive who leads Turing Pharmaceuticals, one of the companies under Senate investigation, said he would have done one thing differently: ‘I probably would have raised the price higher’.”

Reported from last week’s Forbes Healthcare Summit