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Mar. 27, 2018 Council Elects New Board of Directors Leadership; Appoints New Members of Health Policy Team
June 10, 2016 Council Commends Bipartisan Policy Center Retirement Report's Search for Common Ground, Practical Solutions
July 29, 2015 Business and Employee Groups, Public and Private Sector Join Forces to Repeal the 40 Percent Tax on Health Benefits aka "Cadillac Tax"
Mar. 13, 2015 American Benefits Council Announces New Officers, Executive Board Members
Dec. 16, 2014 American Benefits Council Applauds Enactment of Pension Provisions as Part of Government Funding Legislation
Sept. 18, 2014 American Benefits Council to Unveil Long-term Strategic Plan
Sept. 18, 2014 American Benefits Council Welcomes Congressional Examination Of Defined Benefit Pension Plan Issues
July 24, 2014 American Benefits Council Applauds Passage of ERISA 'Shutdown Benefits' Bill
July 9, 2014 Council Welcomes PBGC Moratorium on 'Shutdown' Enforcement Action
July 1, 2014 New PBGC Projections Confirm Health of Single-employer Pension Guarantee Program
June 17, 2014 Council promotes communications director, hires new communications assistant, plans enhanced outreach to members, lawmakers, general public
Apr. 9, 2014 Capitol Hill Veteran Spangler Joins American Benefits Council As New Head Of Health Policy; Global Expert Hinz To Advise Council, Institute Affiliate
Mar. 11, 2014 American Benefits Council Elects New Officers And Executive Board, Reports Record Membership Growth
Feb. 12, 2014 American Benefits Council Commends Obama Administration's Deliberate Approach To PPACA Implementation, Attentiveness To Employer Concerns
Dec. 10, 2013 American Benefits Council Action Alert: Urge Lawmakers to Reject PBGC Premium Increases as Part of Budget Deal
July 23, 2013 American Benefits Council, International Employee Benefits Association (IEBA) Form Global Partnership
Feb. 2, 2012 Pension Plan Underfunding, PBGC ‘Deficit’ Artificially Inflated by Historically Low Interest Rates
Jan. 30, 2012 Council Files Amicus Brief on ‘Severability’ Issue in U.S. Supreme Court Health Reform Case
Jan. 12, 2012 Council Commends CFTC’s Revision of Business Conduct Standards
Nov. 16, 2011 Ten Reasons to Doubt PBGC’s Reported Deficit
Nov. 14, 2011 Forthcoming PBGC Deficit Announcement A "Non-Event"
Oct. 21, 2011 Council Calls for Agency Action to Ensure that Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) Achieve Goals
Sept. 15, 2011 Employer-sponsored Retirement Plans Play Vital Role in Ensuring National, Personal Financial Security
Aug. 25, 2011 Council Commends Departments on Efforts to Streamline Regulatory Review as Overall Regulatory Burden on Employers has Grown
Aug. 12, 2011 Council Commends New PPACA Guidance on State Exchanges, Premium Subsidies
July 29, 2011 Proposals to Increase PBGC Premiums on Companies Based on Flawed Assumptions about Agency’s ‘Deficit’
June 30, 2011 Appeals Court’s Health Care Law Decision Underscores Importance of Resolving Constitutionality
June 24, 2011 Council Commends Reexamination of PPACA Claims & Appeals, External Review Regulations
June 15, 2011 Council Testifies: Plan Sponsors Need Predictability and Clarity from Agencies, Support from Congress in the Deficit Debate
June 6, 2011 Council Welcomes Proposed Rule Releasing Medicare Claims Data
Mar. 1, 2011 Council Tells EBSA: Fiduciary Definitions Are Still Too Broad
Feb. 16, 2011 Council, CIEBA Testify: Dodd-Frank Regulatory Process Moving Too Quickly, Could Adversely Affect Pension Plans
Dec. 1, 2010 Strengthened Communication Between PBGC, Its Customers Essential For Encouraging Voluntary Pension Plan System
Oct. 15, 2010 Final DOL Regulations Represent Reasoned Approach to Retirement Plan Fees
Sept. 21, 2010 Council Welcomes New Health Care Reform Guidance
June 24, 2010 Council Applauds Passage of Pension Funding Relief
June 16, 2010 Council Urges Flexibility and Innovation for Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans to Meet Lifetime Income Needs
June 14, 2010 Contact Congress to Urge Changes to Financial Services
May 28, 2010 Passage of Pension Funding Relief a Crucial Step Toward Economic Recovery, but Long-Term Solutions Still Needed
May 21, 2010 Council Commends Pension Funding Relief in Extenders Bill But Concerned About Conditions, New Requirements
May 19, 2010 Council Urges Support for Pension 'Swaps' Amendment to Senate Financial Services Reform Legislation
Mar. 22, 2010 Employer Sponsors of Retiree Drug Plans Face Immediate Decision: Eliminate Coverage or Take Huge Hit to Earnings
Mar. 18, 2010 Health Care Reform Must Be Done Right
Mar. 17, 2010 New Report: Health Care Tax on Retiree Health Subsidy Loses Money, Will Affect Prescription Drug Coverage
Mar. 9, 2010 Congress Must Consider Critical Health Care Reform Implementation Issues
Feb. 23, 2010 New Video Calls on Congress to Act on Pension Funding Relief
Feb. 15, 2010 Dropping Pension Funding Relief Provisions from Jobs Bill a Serious Mistake, Will Cost Jobs and Slow Economic Recovery
Feb. 11, 2010 Council Applauds Inclusion of Pension Funding Relief Provisions in Senate Jobs Legislation
Feb. 2, 2010 Council Commends President’s Focus on Retirement Saving, Urges Investment in Employer-sponsored Benefits System
Jan. 28, 2010 Reaction to Obama’s State of the Union Address
Dec. 23, 2009 Senate Health Care Reform Measure Still Does Not Meet Test of Strengthening Employer-sponsored Health Coverage
Dec. 15, 2009 Council Warns: Senate Health Care Bill Must be Improved Now or Employers Will Oppose
Dec. 1, 2009 Council Evaluates Senate Health Care Reform Measure
Nov. 20, 2009 Council Comments on Senate Health Care Reform Bill
Nov. 6, 2009 Council Letter to House: Health Care Reform Bill Fails to Control Costs, Weakens Employer-sponsored Coverage
Nov. 5, 2009 Efforts to Promote Litigation Push Health Care System in the Wrong Direction
Oct. 30, 2009 Council Research Report: Pension Funding Relief Critically Necessary to Preserve Jobs, Promote Economic Recovery
Oct. 29, 2009 House Health Care Reform Bill Will Require Substantial Changes To Earn Employer Support
Oct. 13, 2009 Senate Finance Committee-approved Measure Offers Most Promising Approach to Health Care Reform, But Concerns Remain
Oct. 1, 2009 Defined Benefit Pension Plan Relief Critically Needed, Advice Legislation Should Protect Existing Arrangements
Sept. 23, 2009 Senate Finance Committee Health Reform Bill Includes Flawed Tax Policy
Sept. 16, 2009 Senate Finance Committee Measure Shows Promise As A Starting Point For Bipartisan Health Reform
July 15, 2009 Bipartisan Effort Needed to Craft Balanced, Enduring Health Care System Reform Legislation
June 25, 2009 Council Applauds Chairman Miller for Inclusion of Defined Benefit Funding Relief Provisions in Retirement Savings Legislation, Applauds Rep. Pomeroy for Development of Comprehensive Relief Measure
June 24, 2009 Council to House Committee: Health Care Reform Legislation Should Build on Employer-based System
June 18, 2009 Target-date Fund Regulations Must Focus on Existing Investment Selection Process, Provide Flexibility
June 17, 2009 Investment Advice, 401(k) Fee Legislation Improved but Additional Safeguards for Employers Still Needed
May 20, 2009 Record PBGC Deficit Requires Congressional Action to Strengthen Defined Benefit Pension Plan System
Apr. 23, 2009 Council Urges House Subcommittee to Reform Health Care by Preserving and Strengthening Voluntary Employer System
Apr. 3, 2009 Cost Control Strategy Central to Health Care Reform
Apr. 1, 2009 Council Lauds IRS Defined Benefit Pension Guidance
Mar. 25, 2009 Council Expresses Support for Savings Recovery Act
Mar. 24, 2009 Council Applauds Initiatives to Improve Health Care Quality
Mar. 18, 2009 New Survey: Three Out of Five Employers Maintain 401(k) Match Despite Economic Crisis
Mar. 10, 2009 Council ‘Disappointed’ by Ninth Circuit Court Denial of Rehearing in San Francisco Health Care Case
Mar. 10, 2009 Letter Urges Congressional Budget Committees to Consider Cost Savings in Developing Health Care Reform Legislation
Feb. 25, 2009 Defined Contribution Plan System Must Be Preserved
Jan. 12, 2009 Council Issues Landmark Health Care Reform Proposal
Dec. 24, 2008 Enactment Of Pension Relief Measure "A Critical First Step"
Dec. 12, 2008 Council Commends Senate On Passage Of Pension Relief
Dec. 11, 2008 Council Applauds House Passage Of Pension Relief
Nov. 6, 2008 Council Reacts To Democratic Presidential, Congressional Victories
Oct. 29, 2008 Council’s 10-Point Plan Aids Retirement Savings, Promotes Economic Recovery, Protects Jobs
Oct. 22, 2008 Council Outlines 10-Point Plan To Address Challenges Threatening Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
Oct. 7, 2008 Employer-Sponsored Retirement System Designed To Weather Economic Challenges, Council Says
Sept. 30, 2008 Ninth Circuit ERISA Decision Threatens Health Care Coverage For Millions Of American Workers
Sept. 29, 2008 Council Recommends New, Tax-Favored Approaches To Address Decline In Retiree Health Coverage
Sept. 24, 2008 Council Applauds Mental Health Parity Agreement
Sept. 10, 2008 Council Describes For DOL Panel The Importance Of "Win-Win" Flexible Retirement Programs
Sept. 10, 2008 Council Tells DOL Panel: Participant Education Essential To Addressing ‘Decumulation’ Problem
July 23, 2008 DOL Proposed Disclosure Regulations Represent Practical, Straightforward Approach To Retirement Plan Fees
July 10, 2008 Survey: Employee Retirement Brings New Challenges
May 29, 2008 Council Testifies Before IRS: Asset Smoothing Critical for Defined Benefit Plan Sponsors
Apr. 16, 2008 San Francisco Case Represents Threat to ERISA; Preemption Standard Essential for Plan Sponsors
Apr. 1, 2008 Council Emphasizes Importance of ERISA, Urges Court to Strike Down San Francisco Law
Mar. 31, 2008 Council Recommends Numerous Changes To Proposed Plan Fee Disclosure Regulations
Mar. 25, 2008 Council Applauds End of AARP v. EEOC Legal Battle
Mar. 5, 2008 House Mental Health "Parity" Bill Treats Behavioral Conditions Differently Than Other Medical And Surgical Services
Feb. 20, 2008 Council Applauds New PBGC Investment Strategy
Nov. 29, 2007 Defined Contribution Plan Fee Disclosure Rules Must Follow Key Principles To Reduce Costs, Confusion
Nov. 29, 2007 Employers’ Goal: A Transparent 401(k) System That Provides Meaningful Benefits At A Fair Price
Nov. 29, 2007 National Coalition on Business Launched To Preserve ERISA Standard For Health, Retirement Benefit Plans
Nov. 16, 2007 Council Welcomes PBGC Deficit Improvement But Urges Changes To Calculation Methods
Nov. 8, 2007 Safe and Sound Retirement Goals Include Raising Financial Literacy, Expanding Coverage
Oct. 4, 2007 Unnecessary Burdens on 401(k) Retirement Plans Will Slow Growth, Reduce Participants’ Benefits
Sept. 19, 2007 Council Urges Ways and Means Subcommittee to Pass Camp Mental Health Parity Substitute
July 26, 2007 Council Briefs Media: Meaningful, Useful 401(k) Plan Fee Disclosure Just One Piece Of The Puzzle
July 24, 2007 Council Responds To DOL Request For Information On 401(k) Plan Fees
July 18, 2007 Council Urges Education and Labor Committee To Pass Kline Mental Health Parity Substitute
July 11, 2007 Council to House Education and Labor Committee: H.R. 1424 Threatens Critical Federal Preemption Law
July 10, 2007 Council Testifies Before DOL Advisory Panel on Need For Expanded Financial Literacy
June 26, 2007 Council Commends ‘Save for Retirement’ Resolution
June 6, 2007 Council Applauds Third Circuit Appeals Court Decision in AARP v. EEOC Retiree Health Case
May 29, 2007 Ability To Offer Uniform Health Benefits Essential For Multi-state Employers
May 4, 2007 Macey: Modifications to Pension Protection Act Necessary to Avoid Unintended Consequences
Apr. 12, 2007 Council Encouraged By Improved Pension Funding, But Still Troubled By Demise Of Defined Benefit Plans
Mar. 27, 2007 Council Supports Bipartisan Senate Approach To Achieve Mental Health Parity
Mar. 19, 2007 Council States That Health Care Reform Will Succeed Only By Combined Efforts Of All Stakeholders
Mar. 14, 2007 Council Urges Rejection of Deferred Compensation Provision in Minimum Wage Legislation
Mar. 6, 2007 Council Stresses Importance of 401(k) Fee Disclosure Rules
Feb. 15, 2007 Council Commends Mental Health Parity Bill Passed by Senate HELP Committee
Dec. 11, 2006 Council Applauds Senate Passage of Health Savings Account Legislation
Nov. 17, 2006 Council Supports Administration’s Four Cornerstones Proposal on Value-Driven Health Care
Nov. 15, 2006 Council Welcomes PBGC Deficit Reduction Announcement But Urges Changes to Calculation of Deficit
Sept. 28, 2006 Council Applauds Ways and Means Committee Approval of Health Savings Account Legislation
Sept. 27, 2006 Council Supports Legislative Efforts To Improve HSAs
Aug. 7, 2006 Council Applauds Court’s Validation of Hybrid Plans
Aug. 4, 2006 Pension Bill a ‘Mixed Bag’ for Employers, Employees
July 26, 2006 Council Testifies Before IRS on Roth 401(k)/403(b) Issues
June 22, 2006 Suspension of DOE Procurement Policy Gives Pension Bill Negotiators New Opportunity to Craft Predictable Funding Rules
Jan. 25, 2006 IRS Urged To Further Clarify 409A Compensation And Benefits Regulations
Jan. 18, 2006 Council Urges Treasury To Make Available ESOP Tax Deduction To U.S. Companies Owned By Foreign Parents
Jan. 11, 2006 New Health Cost Increase Figures Underscore Need To Accelerate Value Purchasing Practices
Jan. 6, 2006 Council Comments On So-Called 'Fair Share Health Care' Legislation
Dec. 22, 2005 Retiree Drug Benefit Options Prove Successful In Helping Employers Continue Valuable Benefits
Nov. 17, 2005 Council Urges Changes To Pension Reform Bill Before Reaching President's Desk
Nov. 15, 2005 New PBGC Deficit Should Not Drive Pension Debate; Congress Should Remain Focused On Preserving Healthy Plans
Nov. 10, 2005 Council Commends Continued Work On Pension Reform Legislation, More Improvements Still Necessary
Nov. 2, 2005 Council To Measure Bush Tax Reform Panel Proposals By Effect On Health Coverage And Savings Rates
Oct. 25, 2005 Council Urges Focus On Shared Pension Funding Goals, Questions Assumptions Used By PBGC And CBO
Oct. 19, 2005 Two Letters, One Issue: Pension Reform - Council Urges HELP Panel To Reject Extreme PBGC Premiums; Encourages Full Senate To Continue Work On Pension Reform
Oct. 12, 2005 Taxing health benefits will add costs, discourage coverage, says American Benefits Council
Sept. 28, 2005 Council Encouraged by District Judge's Reversal of AARP v. EEOC Retiree Health Decision
Sept. 23, 2005 New Report: PBGC Deficit Overstated; Based On Inappropriate Assumptions, Investment Strategy
Sept. 8, 2005 Senate HELP Committee Mixes Its Pension Funding Reform Message: Good For Funding Reform, Bad For Hybrid Plans
July 28, 2005 Council Praises Congress For Focus On Health Care, Urges Efforts To Promote Flexibility And Choice
June 16, 2005 Council to Congress: help employers remain in the defined benefit pension system
June 9, 2005 Council Testifies Before IRS on Supplemental Wage Withholding Requirements
June 7, 2005 Council To Senate HELP Subpanel: Hybrid Plans Can Help Staunch The Defined Benefit System's Decline
May 11, 2005 United Airlines Decision Underscores Need To Focus On Pension System, Not Just PBGC
Apr. 12, 2005 Council to Senate Aging Panel: Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans Important For National Savings
Mar. 31, 2005 Council supports EEOC’s appeal of court order on retiree health benefits rule
Mar. 18, 2005 Diann Howland, Council Vice President, Retirement Policy, To Become Pension Director of Senate HELP Committee
Mar. 17, 2005 Council Congratulates Pension Reformer Portman On Today’s Trade Representative Nomination
Mar. 14, 2005 Council Urges Flexibility In Final Phased Retirement Regulations Issued By Treasury and IRS
Mar. 11, 2005 Council Urges Congress To Make Permanent Pension Reforms Enacted in 2001
Mar. 8, 2005 Careful Review of Pension Reform Proposals Urged of House Ways & Means Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee
Mar. 2, 2005 Council Provides Education and Workforce Committee with Proposals for Strengthening Pension Plan Funding
Mar. 2, 2005 Council Submits Pension Funding Proposals to House Government Reform Subcommittee
Mar. 1, 2005 Council Provides Finance Panel With Recommendations For Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Reform
Feb. 17, 2005 American Benefits Council Releases Recommendations for Defined Benefit Pension Plan Funding Reform
Jan. 21, 2005 American Benefits Council Commends HHS for Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Regulations
Aug. 20, 2004 A Very Bad Message to Pension System: Council's Klein Comments on United Airlines' Pension Announcement
July 27, 2004 CMS Proposed Regulations Will Encourage Employers to Continue Retiree Health Coverage
July 7, 2004 Council Urges Education and Workforce Panel to Provide Legislative Clarity and Certainty for Hybrid Pensions
June 22, 2004 Supreme Court Ruling on Health Care Claims Raises Important Policy Issues: American Benefits Council Responds to Critics of Today's Davila, Calad Rulings
June 21, 2004 Council welcomes unanimous Supreme Court ruling in Davila and Calad ERISA cases
June 16, 2004 Council Urges Congress to Validate Cash Balance Plans Following Treasury Department Regulation Withdrawal
June 9, 2004 Council Unveils Long-Term Strategic Plan With Goals, Recommendations for Preserving Employee Benefits
May 19, 2004 EEOC Final Rule Helps Restore Common Sense to Retiree Health Care Coverage
May 14, 2004 H.R. 4279 Will Combat Rising Health Costs, Encourage Greater Retirement Saving
Apr. 9, 2004 Council applauds Senate passage of H.R. 3108, urges President to sign legislation into law
Mar. 3, 2004 Council urges Senate Banking panel to take up alternatives to SEC's 'hard 4:00 p.m. rule' for mutual fund trades
Jan. 12, 2004 Council welcomes Diann Howland as new vice president, retirement policy
Dec. 2, 2003 Employers urge SEC to consider alternatives to 4:00 p.m. hard close trade time and 2 percent redemption fee for market timers
Nov. 18, 2003 Council survey warns: 'hard and fast' rule could adversely affect retirement plans
Nov. 18, 2003 Medicare, prescription drug reform bill represents historic, positive achievement
Apr. 11, 2003 Council applauds introduction of Portman and Cardin’s Pension Preservation and Savings Expansion Act of 2003
May 23, 2001 Senate Tax Bill Vote Brings Momentum for Prompt Enactment of Retirement Legislation
Apr. 25, 2001 American Benefits Council hails H.R. 10 passage by Ways and Means Committee
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