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Electrical Contractors Call on Congress to Repair and Reform the Affordable Care Act

Jul 18, 2013

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) today called on Congress to take deliberate action to reform and repair the Affordable Care Act (ACA)

As employers participating in collective bargaining, NECA member contractors provide healthcare coverage for their workers through multiemployer plans – plans that are now jeopardized by the ACA.

For over 60 years, NECA contractors have provided quality healthcare coverage to 26 million electrical workers, retirees and their families. The ACA would likely change how multiemployer healthcare plans are administered; greatly increase the plans’ insurance premiums; and reduce benefits to employees and their families.

NECA has published a detailed issue paper based on over three years of industry research of the benefits and costs of multiemployer healthcare plans. It identifies key areas of reform necessary to protect the generous benefits already offered to participants in multiemployer plans, while avoiding skyrocketing premiums. It also details important repairs needed to improve healthcare for all consumers.

NECA CEO John M. Grau said, “As currently written, certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) jeopardize our multiemployer health plans. These onerous provisions will likely cause massive increases in insurance premiums, cause our health plans to incur high taxes and fees; and likely reduce benefits to employees. It is clear that there are still many aspects of the ACA that are either not ready for prime time or completely unworkable when put into practice. ”

“NECA Call to Action: Reform and Repair The Affordable Care Act” can be viewed online at necanet.orgNECA continues to urge Congress and the Administration to work together to enact reforms and improvements to the ACA that will lessen the negative impact on businesses already providing good coverage to their employees and ensure that our health care system will be viable for future generations.

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About the National Electrical Contractors Association

NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors help customers achieve their goals for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power. NECA’s advances the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development.
For more information, visit www.necanet.org.

To speak with an expert on multiemployer healthcare, contact Beth Margulies, beth.margulies@necanet.org, 301-215-4526 office, or 240-461-4769 mobile.