Employee Benefits Committee

This committee develops Chamber policy recommendations on all employee benefit issues: health care, pension and retirement plans, and other employer-provided benefits, as well as public programs such as Social Security and Medicare.  The committee oversees the Chamber's response to employee benefit legislation pending before all congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as regulatory initiatives before administrative agencies.  The committee has a Retirement Plans Subcommittee and a Healthcare Regulatory Task Force (see separate description for the task force under Special Programs, Councils and Task Forces), which works on those issues in more technical detail than the full committee.

Recent Activity

CommentApr 08, 2019 - 12:00pm

Comments to HHS Opposing Removal of Safe Harbor Protection for Rebates

This letter was submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services, supporting the removal of safe harbor protection for rebates involving prescription pharmaceuticals and creation of new safe harbor protections for certain point-of-sale reductions in price on prescription pharmaceuticals and certain pharmacy benefit manager service fees.

Letters to CongressMar 05, 2019 - 1:30pm

U.S. Chamber Letter on Surprise Medical Billing

On March 5, 2019, the U.S. Chamber submitted a feedback in response to a letter circulated by a group of six bipartisan Senators requesting input from industry stakeholders on the issue of surprise medical billing. 

CommentFeb 12, 2019 - 12:00pm

Comments to HHS on Modifying HIPAA Rules to Improve Coordinated Care

February 12, 2019Submitted Electronically Via Federal Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov Attention: RFI: RIN 0945-AA00U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesOffice for Civil RightsHubert Humphrey Building Room 509F200 Independence Avenue, SWWashington, DC 20201

CommentDec 28, 2018 - 5:45pm

Comments to IRS on Health Reimbursement Arrangements and Group Health Plans

Submitted Electronically Via Federal Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov Attention: CC:PA:LPD:PRREG-13674-17Room 5205Internal Revenue ServiceP.O. Box 7604Ben Franklin StationWashington, DC 20044

EventJul 19, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
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Raising Retirement

Raising Retirement will highlight current successes of the private retirement system and will focus on regulatory and practical solutions that increase retirement plan coverage by small business plan sponsors, promote portable benefits, and explore other benefits that can help workers stay on track for retirement.

Letters to CongressJun 27, 2018 - 8:00pm

Joint Letter to Expand the IRS Self-Correction Program

On Tuesday, June 26th the Chamber, along with several trade associations, sent a joint letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Ron Wyden. The joint letter is in support of the legislative proposal to expand the self-correction program be added to the Internal Revenue Service.     

Letters to CongressJun 25, 2018 - 8:30pm

Joint Letter to EBSA Regarding Missing and Unresponsive Participants and Beneficiaries

On June 25, 2018, the Chamber, along with several other trade assoicaitons, signed a joint letter to Employee Benefits Security Administration Assistant Secretary Preston Rutledge regarding missing and unresponsive participants. 

TestimonyJun 13, 2018 - 2:45pm

Testimony: Employer Perspectives on Multiemployer Pension Plans 

TESTIMONY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SENATE & UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES JOINT SELECT COMMITTEE ON SOLVENCY OF MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS FOR THE HEARING ON: EMPLOYER PERSPECTIVES ON MULTIEMPLOYER PENSION PLANS 

ReportJun 13, 2018 - 11:15am
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The Multiemployer Pension Plan Crisis: Businesses and Jobs at Risk

On Wednesday, June 18, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released a report titled The Multiemployer Pension Plan Crisis: Businesses and Jobs at Risk. The report outlines the multiemployer pension plan crisis and what it will mean for employers, participants and beneficiaries, as well as the U.S. economy in general.