“It remains critically important that core benefits be affordable as well as obtainable.”
“Today’s action by the Administration marks a more definitive step toward building a business case for compliance options regarding the practical implementation of the Affordable Care Act.
“Understanding the future cost of benefits will certainly help businesses plan in advance of 2014.
“It remains critically important that core benefits be affordable as well as obtainable.
“We appreciate the Administration’s outreach and general restraint in these proposed regulations. It is important that essential health benefits echo available market coverage today. More extensive but unaffordable coverage would help no one in the end.
“We look forward to offering constructive comments on today’s proposal and will continue to work with the White House and Congress to help keep coverage affordable for employers and employees.”
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation.