SHRM Statement on House Republican Task Force on Health Care Reform


June 23, 2016

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Mike Aitken, vice president of government affairs at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), issued this statement on the proposal from the U.S. House Republican Task Force on Health Care Reform:

We applaud recognition of the important role employers play in providing quality, affordable health benefits to more than 175 million Americans.

Employer-sponsored health benefits are critical to recruiting and retaining a talented workforce.   As a result, SHRM opposes the proposed changes in the tax treatment of employer-provided health insurance that are included in the U.S. House Republican plan. Such a change would drive workers from employer plans and negatively affect the benefit offerings that employers so carefully create for their employees.

Any health care reform legislation must support employer flexibility and innovative strategies and preserve the favorable tax treatment of employer-sponsored coverage.

The Health Care Reform Task Force’s proposal contains a number of provisions that SHRM strongly supports:

  • Repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s definition of 30 hours a week as “full-time;”
  • Repeal of the 40 percent excise tax (Cadillac tax) on high-value health care benefits;
  • Promotion of wellness programs;
  • Medical liability reform as a strategy to reduce health care costs.  

SHRM encourages Congress to continue to seek alternatives that support and strengthen employer-sponsored health care benefits, which are an important part of creating a modern workplace.

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