No Funding for AHPs in Spending Bills

Funding to implement the Labor Department’s new rule expanding access to association health plans (AHPs) is not included in appropriations bills approved recently by House and Senate committees. The Labor Department’s regulation was finalized in June, allowing more groups to form AHPs as an alternative to the Affordable Care Act health exchanges. Under the final… Read more »

Senate Finance Delays Vote on Rettig

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) postponed a vote on President Trump’s nominee to helm the IRS after Democrats protested the administration’s decision earlier this week to scrap donor disclosure requirements for most nonprofits. Hatch said the committee will reconvene and vote later today, once he is assured that enough committee Republicans show up… Read more »

Ways and Means Acts on Health-Related Tax Bills

The House Ways and Means Committee today continued its markup of various health care-related tax bills that are “aimed at expanding consumer-directed health care and lowering premiums.” Yesterday the committee approved three bills that would expand access and use of health savings accounts (HSAs) to cover needed services. One bill (H.R. 6301), sponsored by Reps…. Read more »

USTR Seeks Comments on Tariffs

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment on the latest round of tariffs on Chinese imports implemented by the Trump administration. Business leaders are concerned that the trade tariff policies implemented by the Trump administration are likely to trigger a global trade war that will hit U.S. industries and consumers hard. The… Read more »

Coalition Pushing for Delay on Fringe Benefits

ASAE and other members of the UBIT Coalition continue to urge the Treasury Department to retroactively delay implementation of a provision in the new tax law that taxes transportation and parking benefits provided by many employers. The fringe benefits provision removes a deduction for employer-provided benefits such as transportation, parking and on-premises athletic facilities. In… Read more »