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What is Business Roundtable

Business Roundtable (BRT) is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote sound public policy and a thriving U.S. economy.

More Than Leaders. Leadership.

Business Roundtable is an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies working to promote a thriving economy and expanded opportunity for all Americans through sound public policy.

About BRT

As business leaders representing every sector of the economy and providing health care and retirement benefits to tens of millions of Americans and their families, Business Roundtable members are committed to improving the affordability and quality of the nation’s health and retirement security systems.

A 40 Percent Excise Tax Will Reduce Health Care Options, Raise Costs

In his July 15 Washington Post column, “Obamacare’s ‘Cadillac Tax’ is an important part of the plan so don’t mess with it,” Jared Bernstein argues that the Affordable Care Act’s 40 percent excise tax on health benefits is unlikely to hurt the vast majority of policyholders.

Business Leaders Respond to King v. Burwell Decision

The Supreme Court’s ruling avoids disruption in the health care marketplace. Moving forward, we believe Congress and the Administration should address the problems that still accompany the Affordable Care Act.

BRT Comment Letter to EEOC on Wellness Programs

I am writing on behalf of the Business Roundtable in response to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proposed rule on the Application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to Employer Wellness Programs.

BRT Comment Letter: Excise Tax on High Cost Employer-Sponsored Health Coverage

We strongly believe that the impact of this tax will have broader implications than first anticipated by the Joint Tax Committee (JTC) and have been provided information that as many as 25 percent of employers’ plans may be subject to the tax.

Business Leaders Respond to EEOC’s Proposed Wellness Rule

Following today’s announcement by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of its proposed new rule on employee wellness programs

Caesars CEO to Senate: ‘Wellness Programs Empower Workers with Tools and Information to Take Control of Their Health’

In Senate testimony today, Gary Loveman, Chair of BRT's Health and Retirement Committee, reinforced the importance of wellness programs to employers and their employees, and detailed the types of programs under way at America’s leading companies.

BRT Letter in Response to EEOC Actions Targeting Employer Wellness Programs

I am writing on behalf of the Business Roundtable to express my strong disappointment with the efforts of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to take actions against large employers who are complying with the requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

BRT Member Employee Wellness Programs

Employee wellness programs empower workers with the information and tools to live longer, healthier lives. Business Roundtable members understand the importance of having a qualified, productive and engaged workforce. They are committed to offering benefits and services that help their employees lead healthier lives and make wise and informed choices when using health care services.

The Dow Chemical Company: Innovative Solutions for Health

When it comes to the benefits provided to employees and their families, employers want better health, better care and better value.
Dow is focused on optimizing the health of its employees and their families, human performance and long-term value.

BRT Letter in Response to Health Care Transparency Request

Business Roundtable response to Senate Finance Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Sen. Charles Grassley's (R-IA) request to stakeholders for new ideas for improving overall transparency in health care.   Chairman Wyden announced the request at an AARP/Business Roundtable on June 12.


October 3, 2014

Senator Ron Wyden
Chairman, Committee on Finance
United States Senate
219 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510


Committee Priorities

Business Roundtable members want to ensure that future generations of American retirees can enjoy peace of mind in retirement. They support proposals to strengthen Social Security and Medicare, improve their finances and preserve their benefits for current and future retirees.

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Changes are needed to the Affordable Care Act to reduce the complexity of compliance and the costs. These changes should start with eliminating unnecessary and duplicative requirements, fees and taxes on medical devices, insurance plans and pharmaceuticals.

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Business Roundtable members are committed to offering benefits that help empower employees, giving them tools and resources to lead healthier lives.

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The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which Business Roundtable strongly supports, provides the legal authority that permits employers to manage health care and retirement plans for employees in locations across the country without 50 states imposing separate requirements.

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Business Roundtable supports policies that will create value for all consumers of health care services, including expanding the use of health information technology; dissemination of consumer information on cost and quality of health care; and promotion of changing payments by public and private payers, including Medicare, to reward value of services provided, not volume.

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Business Roundtable supports enacting medical liability reform to ensure that patients do not lose access to physicians and a full range of health care services. These reforms include revising tort laws, developing alternative mechanisms to resolve claims and continuing support for the use of appropriate medical practice guidelines.

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Business Roundtable supports tax policy with stable incentives to contribute to defined benefit and defined contribution retirement plans.

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