The “high-cost plan excise tax” in the Senate health bill could crowd vision, dental and specified disease insurance products out of benefits packages, according to the Employers Council on Flexible Compensation.
David Carver, executive director of the ECFC, Washington, and chairman of the group, have written to members of the Senate to ask for change the elimination or modification of the high-cost plan excise tax provision, which is often described as the “Cadillac plan” tax.
The provision is in H.R. 3590, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2009.
The H.R. 3950 would impose a 40% excise tax on health benefits with value over a certain level.
The Senate definition of the benefits to be included in high-cost plan calculations many different types of benefits, such as flexible spending accounts and vision, dental and specified disease coverage, Carver and Triplett write.