Letters and Correspondence
Letter: Our Support for the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019
On behalf of First Focus Campaign for Children, a bipartisan children’s advocacy group working to ensure children and families are a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, I write to offer our strong support for H.R. 748, the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act of 2019.
A key tenet of our Proactive Kids Agenda is to ensure all children have health coverage that meets their physical, oral, and behavioral health care needs. In light of the fact that over 37 million children have employer-provided health care coverage, we are deeply concerned that the 40 percent “Cadillac Tax” on employer coverage will encourage the shifting of even more costs onto families through higher deductibles and copayments, the imposition of coverage limitations, and the elimination of benefits, which disproportionately impact family plans and the pediatric coverage specific to the need of our nation’s children. Although slated for 2022, there is evidence that the “Cadillac Tax” is already causing employers to make changes to their health plans to avoid the tax.