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

TestimonyJun 25, 2019 - 2:30pm

Testimony: Beyond Plan Audit Compliance: Improving the Financial Statement Audit Process

Chantel Sheaks, Executive Director of Retirement Policy for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, provided the following written statement to the 2019 Advisory Council on Employee Welfare and Pension Benefit Plans for the June 25, 2019 meeting titled "Beyond Plan Audit Compliance: Improving the Financial Statement Audit Process." 

Letters to CongressJun 18, 2019 - 3:45pm

Coalition Letter in support of the SECURE Act

The undersigned organizations, are writing to urge you to pass H.R. 1994, the Setting Every Community Up for Retirement (SECURE) Act.

Letters to CongressJun 14, 2019 - 1:15pm

Chamber Comments on Employer-Sponsored Coverage Tax Policies to Senate Finance Committee's Health Taskforce

On June 14, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce filed a comment letter with the Senate Finance Committee's bipartisan health taskforce urging for full repeal of the Medical Device Tax, the Health Insurer Tax, and the "Cadillac Tax".

Letters to CongressJun 11, 2019 - 9:30pm

Chamber Signs Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Address Multiemployer Pension Plan Crisis

On June 11, 2019, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce sign a coalition letter along with several additional stakeholders, encouraging Congress to address the growing multiemployer pension plan crisis and offer legislative solutions for all plans. 

CommentJun 03, 2019 - 12:00pm

Comments to CMS in response to Proposed Rule on Interoperability and Patient Access

This letter was submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to the Proposed Rule, which is intended to move the health care ecosystem in the direction of interoperability, and to improve the access to and quality of information that Americans need to make informed health care decisions.

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

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.